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It was his timely discovery and prompt reporting to the British administration helped save many lives in the city. On Sept. 23 1896, a standing committee reviewed Dr. Viegas' findings on
the plague cases. On 29 September, Lord Sandhurst, the Governor
of Bombay, sent a telegram to Lord Elgin, the Governor General
of India, notifying him of an outbreak of plague in Bombay city.
Dr Viegas went down to the roots and identified the disease as bubonic plague. Later reports by four independent teams of experts confirmed Dr. Viegas' findings.
The cases were mostly reported from places close to the Bombay docks and nearby. Dr Viegas then launched a massive campaign to clean up slums and Chawals and recommended extermination of rats, the carriers of the plague (apparently diseased rats came from Hong Kong visa the Opium Ships). To fight the epidemic hard, he embarked on the mammoth task of carrying out inoculation of 18,000 residents - effective precautionary efforts taken on a war-footing. Identifying rats as carriers helped combat the spread as well.
A graduate of Grant Medical College and passed his LMS examination in first class, Dr. Acacio Gabriel Viegas was the
first Indian Christian to be elected to the Municipal Corporation of Bombay in 1888.
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Apart, in the area of education, as a member of the Bombay University Syndicate, and a pioneer of the Faculty of Scientific Technology, he encouraged women to enter colleges and, in this regard, he supported the creation of special colleges for women. He also served as a Medical Examiner at the degree level and was Foundation-Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
After his death in 1933, a life-size statue of him was erected in the Cowasji Jehangir Hall across Metro Cinema as part of his birth centenary celebration in 1956, by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Harekrushna Mahtab. A great tribute to his medical services in the city in the crucial time. A street in the Dhobitalao area carries his name as a token of gratitude by the people whose forefathers he saved from the dangerous claws of death in 1896. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacio_Gabriel_Viega https://getsetandgo.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/the-bombay-balchao-walk-with-author-jane-borges-and-swapbook-in-mumbai/