Civic body members raise concerns over increasing dengue cases in Pune
Assistant health officer Vaishali Jadhav accepted that dengue and chikungunya cases have increased in the city and said that seven deaths have been reported till now.pune Updated: Oct 31, 2017 14:19 IST
Elected members of Pune Municipal Corporation, on Monday, raised concern over increasing cases of dengue and chikungunya in the city and instructed the health officer to take immediate measures to control it.
Assistant health officer Vaishali Jadhav accepted that dengue and chikungunya cases have increased in the city and said that seven deaths have been reported till now. She also informed the general body that around 3,000 cases of dengue were suspected initially this year. Of this, 1,058 cases were confirmed. The chikungunya cases have also gone up to 650.
The health officer accepted that PMC’s man power to handle clinics was low but ensured that the situation will be under control. Jadhav said, “PMC has issued notices to some citizens and taken action against some PMC employees for not doing necessary work to prevent these diseases. PMC is also spreading awareness among the citizens by distributing pamphlets and had also taken the address details of dengue-affected citizens and sprayed their residential areas with mosquito repellents to prevent more cases. ”
Deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende expressed his unhappiness over the PMC’s response to control the dengue cases and said that he himself had warned the municipal administration a month before to take necessary measures for it. Dhende said that the PMC is short of doctors and as there is less manpower, all municipal hospitals have a huge rush.
NCP member and former standing committee chairman Ashwini Kadam blamed that there are many cases in the Sahakarnagar area and despite constant remainders, the administration was not spraying any kind of mosquito repellents in the area.
Opposition leader Chetan Tupe, Congress leader Arvind Shinde and elected members from all parts of the city demanded the PMC to take quick action to control the increasing number of dengue cases.
Dengue/ Chikungunya deaths in the city - 7
Suspected Dengue cases - 3,000
Confirmed Dengue cases- 1,058
Chikungunya cases- 650