The Pune Municipal Corporation has stepped up its action on establishments, mainly housing societies, as well as bungalows, and commercial establishments that are not taking adequate measures to check mosquito breeding.
The health department has issued notices to owners of properties found with stagnant water.
This year, in an attempt to keep the number of dengue cases down to a minimum, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department has initiated measures to stop the contagion.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sanjay Wavare, Dr Sanjay Wavre, assistant health officer, Pune Municipal Corporation, said, “We will charge a punishment fee if the societies do not take any action. And even after, if they don’t do anything we will file a court case against such societies. People should not store water for more than three days. Prevention is better than cure and with respect to dengue and chikungunya we must follow this.”
More than 75 cases of dengue have already been registered in PMC in this year. According to government statistics, there are as many as 89,000 mosquito breeding places, of which 46,000 are permanent, including lakes, ponds etc. The remaining sites include unused swimming pools and nullahs.
This monsoon season, experts predict that dengue cases might increase in Pune. Considering that PMC has even issued an advisory for all people from Pune to take precautionary measures against dengue. The PMC has issued notices to private residential societies, old wadas and commercial buildings, to keep a strict check on potential mosquito breeding sites.
Mosquitoes can hatch eggs in any puddle or even a bottle cap full of water in just four days. Eliminating standing water is the most effective way to reduce the breeding of mosquitoes.