Mumbai: After losing wife to dengue, man takes on mosquitoes

Borivli resident carries out rally to make people aware about the mosquito-borne disease

Jeetendra and Rekha LodhaJeetendra and Rekha Lodha

Jeetendra Lodha has dedicated himself to spreading awareness about dengue. The diamond trader lost his wife Rekha to the disease in September, after BMC officials allegedly ignored several warnings to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in their locality.

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The dengue and malaria awareness rally yesterday was a tribute to Rekha
The dengue and malaria awareness rally yesterday was a tribute to Rekha

Lodha led an awareness rally in Borivli yesterday to pay tribute to Rekha, whose birthday was on October 11. Around 100 people from the surrounding areas participated. Several women and girls from the Terapanth Mahila Mandal participated in the rally to spread awareness about dengue and malaria. “My wife is no more and I cannot do anything to bring her back. So, to pay a tribute to her, I arranged a rally along with the Mahila Mandal to spread awareness about the disease,” said Lodha.

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Rekha was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on September 6 with symptoms of dengue. But, she succumbed to the virus on September 12 after it affected her brain and vital organs. She and Jeetendra have a son, who is in college and a daughter who is in Std IX. Before Rekha contracted the disease, BMC officials were told about the mosquito breeding grounds in the locality, however, they allegedly did not do anything to remove them.

Passing the buck
“I don’t want anyone to die like my wife did due to bureaucratic apathy. We have to take the responsibility on our shoulders. BMC keeps passing the buck. There is a huge breeding ground near a building in Yogi Nagar but they aren’t doing anything about it. So, through rallies, we want to spread awareness among people,” said Lodha. After the rally, he has also met with BMC officials to discuss more measures to spread awareness and remove mosquito breeding grounds in Yogi Nagar.

BMC says
When mid-day reached out to BMC’s Insecticide Officer Rajan Naringrekar, he said that like every year during the monsoon, they had conducted an inspection of the breeding grounds in the area. “We have done our part by spreading awareness among people. It is false claim that we are not doing anything. We have also sent notices to buildings in the areas where such grounds have been found,” he said.

102
Confirmed dengue cases in Mumbai till Oct 12

1,813
Probable dengue cases in Mumbai till Oct 12

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