Pune: There has been a hike in number of dengue cases in the city with 69 suspected cases registered with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Health Department in the first 15 days of June alone following the onset of the monsoon.
The Health Department had registered around 51 suspected dengue cases in May. According to the PMC, the areas, which reported the highest number of dengue cases last year included Hadapsar, Dhanori, Kharadi, Sinhagad and Warje.
As per the statistics available with the Health Department, a total of 58 cases of suspected dengue were registered in June last year.
Doctors also attributed the increase in dengue cases in May to the early onset of monsoon. This year, 51 suspected cases of dengue were reported in May against 28 reported last year.
Speaking about preventive measures, Dr Vaishali Jadhav from the PMC Health Department said water stagnation should be avoided. “The best way to avoid dengue is to keep the premises clean. Moreover, mosquito breeding places should be cleaned frequently. Places, where water is stagnant, should be cleaned frequently, too,” said Dr Jadhav.
On behalf of the PMC, Jadhav added that areas with more breeding spots have had preliminary indoor spraying. “We found more breeding spots in fringe areas and we have taken precautionary measures. In addition to this, we have also distributed pamphlets to spread awareness,” said Jadhav, adding that the medicines are now in stock.
Speaking about medicines available for treatment of dengue, Dr Sanjeev Wavare from the PMC Health Department said the medicines are available for dengue with the PMC hospitals. “There is no shortage of medicines for dengue, as we have enough supplies to last till end of July and hence, patients need not panic”.
Dr MS Diggikar, Joint Director, Health, Maharashtra, said Pune has reported a huge number of dengue cases. “The cases of dengue registered in Pune district have been very high. The departments concerned have been asked to take necessary steps to control the disease. Pune registered the highest number of Chikungunya cases in Maharashtra over the past three years. Efforts are being made to prevent its spread,” said Dr Diggikar.