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    Two brothers die of malaria in Bhayander
    Sandhya Nair, TNN 28 December 2009, 12:24am IST

    MUMBAI: Two brothers, aged two and six years, died of malaria in Bhayander (West). Currently, the boys' mother, Umadevi, is also admitted to a Mira Road Hospital with fever and she has not yet been told about the deaths.

    Pawan Das (2) and his brother Suraj (6), who stayed at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar hutment behind the Bhayander police station, had been down with high fever for the four days. The local general practitioner had been treating them. On Saturday afternoon, suddenly their condition deteriorated and they fell unconscious. They were taken to Kasturi Memorial Hospital in Bhayander where Suraj was declared dead around 10.45 pm. Pawan breathed his last around 1 am on Sunday, while he was being taken to Bhakti Vedanta Hospital in Mira Road. Rajiv Agarwal, a doctor at Kasturi hospital, said they died of malaria.

    Slum dwellers said the garbage piling up by the road was the breeding ground for mosquitoes and that led to the outbreak of malaria.

    The discontent among neighbours were palpable even when the boys' bodies were being carried for the last rites. Their father Roshan Das and a few relatives accused the doctors of delaying treatment. According to them, as there was no civic hospital in the area, private facilitites charge exorbitant amounts, as a result of which, they cannot go there.

    The deaths, however, seem to have little effect on Mira Road-Bhayander civic body as no health official
    visited the hospitals. No fogging operation-usually held on Sundays-was also not conducted this weekend.