Pune: With continuous rainfall, the city has witnessed an increase in number of dengue cases. Over 589 suspected dengue cases were reported in August. Of these, around 93 were confirmed cases.
According to data furnished by the Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), in July, there were 455 suspected dengue cases, of which 80 were confirmed. Last year, the city reported around 1,691 cases of dengue.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sanjay Wavare, Head of the Insect Control Department of PMC, said that since January 1, the health department of the PMC has given notices to over 4,000 people.
“If we find breeding spots again on the same premises, we issue a notice to the building owner or society or the persons concerned. During the monsoon, more water gets stagnated, which leads to more breeding spots. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant fresh water. Hence, it is important to keep premises clean time and again,” said Dr Wavare.
“If breeding spots are found at a particular place again and again, the person is charged with a fine. Around 250 people have been fined. So far, the Health Department has collected around Rs 3.5 lakh as fine,” he added.
Talking about awareness measures, Dr Wavare said the department is engaging in more awareness methods.
“We undertake awareness activities in all areas. Moreover, the department workers are engaged in destroying breeding spots. Also, fogging and spraying is done to kill mosquito eggs. A female adult mosquito lays around 450 eggs in her lifetime. If she is infected with dengue, then all the eggs she lays are also infected with the disease. Hence, eliminating these infected adult mosquitoes is important, for which fogging is effective,” said Dr Wavare.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sudhir Patsute from Naidu Hospital said that the number of cases of dengue increase during and after the monsoon.
“Places, where there is a lot of waste lying around and where water gets accumulated, have a lot of breeding spots. Moreover, as soon as one person gets dengue, there are more chances of the same mosquito biting another person. Hence dengue spreads. It is important to keep the premises and societies clean,” said Dr Patsute.