Although the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department has increased surveillance against the rising number of dengue cases, yet a huge number of cases are is still reported in the PMC.
However, this month has witnessed a decline in the number of dengue cases compared to the previous month; which marked the second highest number of cases this year in Pune.
While October had seen 526 total dengue cases, over 423 patients have been tested positive with dengue in November, so far. Pune has registered 5,857 cases of suspected dengue during the course of this year.
Since June 19, the health department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has destroyed mosquito breeding grounds in over 2.60 lakh properties across Pune. Also, the breeding of dengue mosquitoes is a menace for many. It is a growing concern as the number of dengue cases are on the rise.
Kalpana Baliwant, head of the insect control department at PMC said that new measures are undertaken. “We are using indoor residual spray wherein mosquitos die because of poisoning. In October, due to moist weather and showers, the month saw a rise in the number of mosquitoes.”
She added, “Residents should be more vigilant about stagnant water, as stagnant water can be breeding ground for mosquitoes. The department has introduced eight day repetitive rounds to inspect the possible growing number of breeding grounds.”
The PMC is also serving notices once dengue mosquito breeding is found. PMC officials informed that after issuing notices they randomly check the same location within 10 to 15days. If the mosquito breeding is still found then there is fine imposed or a legal case is filed, they added. Fogging is also used to kill adult mosquitoes infected with dengue virus.
Confirmed cases of dengue in respective months
- January – 8
- February – 2
- March – 4
- April – 5
- May – 3
- June – 6
- July – 58
- August – 413
- September – 251
- October – 526
- November (Till date) – 334