Times of India | 1 week ago | 23-11-2022 | 07:17 am
AHMEDABAD: According to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health department, city hospitals registered 279 new cases of dengue in the first 19 days of November. A statement from the department said from November 1 to 19, city hospitals recorded 51 cases of malaria, 18 of falciparum and 22 of chikungunya. In the same period, they registered 427 cases of diarrhoea, 259 cases of jaundice, 323 cases of typhoid and one case of cholera. In the January 1-November 19 period, city hospitals have registered 1,220 cases of malaria, 149 cases of falciparum, 2,251 dengue and 257 chikungunya cases. AMC medical officer of health Bhavin Solanki said dengue cases are decreasing as the weather changes.
AHMEDABAD: City hospitals registered 361 cases of dengue in the first 26 days of November. A statement from the AMC health department said that in the November 1-26 period, city hospitals recorded 63 cases of malaria, 23 cases of falciparum and 28 cases of chikungunya. In the same period, hospitals registered 523 cases of diarrhea, 335 cases of jaundice, 426 cases of typhoid and one case of cholera. In the January 1-November 26 period city hospitals have registered 1,232 cases of malaria against 987 cases in the entire 2021. Similarly, hospitals have registered 1,232 cases of falciparum this year against 138 cases last year. AMC data shows that 27 cases of swine flu have been registered in November 1-26 period.
Several stepwells and heritage sites are undergoing restoration as part of a project by AMC’s Ahmedabad World Heritage City Trust (AWHCT). At present, the restoration work at vavs (stepwells) in Vadaj and Bapunagar is underway and so is the fortification of the wall between Nehru Bridge and Ellisbridge. The process involves experts looking for decayed structures in need for restoration. AWHCT will also lend a hand at restoring other AMC-owned sites.Highlighting the challenges of restoration, those in the know said the Bapunagar and Vadaj both are different as far as construction is concerned. The Vadaj Vav is made of a combination of brick and stone and is deep while the Bapunagar Vav is made exclusively of traditional bricks and is shallow. Both the Vavs were filled with debris and solid waste and did not have access to water perhaps because the water table has fallen.Ashish Trambadia, Director, AWHCT said the restoration will help in retaining the structure in a certain way. Giving details of the restoration, Trambadia said the Vadaj Vav will be restored with traditional lime plaster. “Working with lime requires skill. This construction doesn’t have cement which sets fast. Lime plaster on the other hand takes at least a month to set but it is a breathable traditional material,” he said.
With the measles outbreak count in Ahmedabad now at 420 cases and the number of suspect cases at 949, doctors in public sector hospitals in the eastern part of the city are seeing former measles patients now coming back with post-measles complications like pneumonia, some of who are having to be admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs).Two and a half year old Adnan* (name changed) has been admitted to three different hospitals at different times and been shown to four doctors in just one month for several complications after he was treated for measles. After his measles infection, the child got fever and swelling all over his body. His abdomen swelled due to the swelling in the liver, whose function had become impaired. With the parents having poor understanding of the child’s condition, coupled with the dismal condition of medical records, Post-Measles Pneumonia was diagnosed only by doctors at Shardaben Hospital after an X-ray a week ago. But his condition ultimately turned out to be much worse.Adnan’s father, a casual labourer, told Mirror, “He first got rashes on the skin which turned black in some places. Then the stomach swelled so much that he began crying all the time. He suffered from constant vomiting and diarrhoea. He is better now.”Pneumonia 15 daysafter measelsDr Hetal Vora, HoD of Paediatrics and Superintendent of the hospital, said, “The child suffered from multiple conditions coupled with Severe Acute Malnutrition, together indicative of Kwashiorkor. The child suffered sudden nutritional loss and the synthetic functions of the liver were impaired. While we have seen several children coming in with pneumonia within 15 days of measles treatment, we have seen this much more complicated case of Kwashiorkor for the first time.”At Shardaben Hospital, which has seen more than 300 measles patients, the highest in the city, doctors said that at least 7-10% of their former measles patients returned to the hospital within a fortnight with pneumonia infection. While the numbers may appear low, doctors said the rate of Pneumonia infection in children who are in post-measles remission is higher than that seen in the community, thanks to lowered immunity and malnutrition, exacerbated by the measles infection.Pneumonia is a well-known complication of measles, which, according to the US CDC, affects 1 in 20 measles-affected children and is the most common cause of death.At LG Hospital, which has seen about 140 measles patients in just the last 2 months, doctors said that the incidence rate of Post Measles Pneumonia would be at about 5-10%. However, further analysis and collation of data is pending due to the load of measles patients which, Superintendent Dr Leena Dabhi said, has required an expansion of the isolation ward. While doctors at the centre of the measles outbreak in eastern Ahmedabad are still attempting to gauge the scale of the problem, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) seems not to have yet taken note of the issue as there is no central data regarding Measles Associated Pneumonia. However, Dr Bhavin Solanki, Medical Officer of Health (MoH) for AMC said, “There have been no serious cases of pneumonia or of deaths due to measles inthe city.”
AHMEDABAD: A year after its closure and that of many other textile units in the city following the Gujarat high court prohibiting the discharge of treated effluent into the civic body's sewerage, Ashima Ltd has approached the HC, complaining that Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) is not responding to its request for a pipeline to discharge effluent into the Mega pipeline, which takes industrial effluent to a common effluent treatment plant (CEPT). The HC banned the discharge of treated effluent into sewers because sewage treatment plants (STP) could not process it properly and untreated wastewater was being discharged into the Sabarmati river, increasing the pollution in the river. Last year, the HC had taken up the cause of cleaning and rejuvenating the river. Ashima told the high court that the mega pipeline had agreed to accept its treated discharge. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has also granted permission for right of way to connect a pipeline to the Mega pipeline. The high court's order expressly said that such an option could be explored. The company further submitted that after getting AMC's permission to lay a pipeline from its unit to the Mega pipeline, it made an application to GPCB on July 7, requesting it to permit the connection. GPCB did not take any decision, saying the case is still pending in the court. The company's lawyer complained that the unit has been closed for nearly a year and some 1,300 workers are jobless. The bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice V D Nanavati sought GPCB's reply on this issue by December 2.
AHMEDABAD: On November 5, the maximum temperature in the city was 36.5 degrees celsius - the warmest November day in five years, surpassing 35.5 degrees in 2021, 35.1 degrees in 2020, 34 degrees in 2019 and 36.3 degrees in 2018. While November has nearly ended, there's no sight of woollens in the city yet, with both day and night temperatures remaining normal or above normal. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecast a 'warm November'. The forecast on Friday said the minimum temperature will rise on Saturday and Sunday. Manorama Mohanty, head of IMD Gujarat, said the winter chill may set in by the end of November. "There has been no cold wave in the state this season. Maximum temperatures - which were as high as 36.5 degrees at the beginning of the month - have reduced gradually and are hovering around 31 degrees now," she said. On Friday, Ahmedabad's maximum temperature was 31.4 degrees and minimum was 14.8 degrees - almost at par with normal temperatures. No weather station in Gujarat recorded a temperature below 10 degrees, the coldest one was Naliya in Kutch, at 11.6 degrees. Minimum temperatures in Ahmedabad have also reduced from 20.2 degrees on November 12 to 17.5 degrees on November 16, 16 degrees on November 21 and 14.8 degrees on November 25. This year has registered extreme weather events with the hottest days of the past four years in summer, the maximum rainfall in a day during the monsoon, and now a warm start to the winter for Ahmedabad.