After hospitals, now Pune malls, multiplexes breeding grounds for mosquitoes
Officials from the PMC's health department informed that the malls and multiplexes which have been sent notices include Ishanya mall, Dorabjee mall, Phoenix mall, Inorbit mall, Inox multiplex, DMart, Reliance mart and Reliance Fresh.pune Updated: Aug 16, 2017 16:27 IST
After several hospitals were found to be breeding grounds for mosquitoes, the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) health department started surveying several malls and theatres which have also been served notices for mosquito breeding.
Speaking about this issue, Kalpana Baliwant, head of the insect control department at PMC, said, "We have been surveying various public and private properties in the city since June 19. Recently, 34 government-run hospitals have been issued notices after mosquito breeding spots were found in their premises. This shows that mosquito breeding can happen anywhere and people must take care.”
Following the hospitals, recently notices were also sent to a few malls and multiplexes in the city after mosquito breeding was ascertained on their premises.
Officials from the PMC's health department informed that the malls and multiplexes which have been sent notices include Ishanya mall, Dorabjee mall, Phoenix mall, Inorbit mall, Inox multiplex, DMart, Reliance mart and Reliance Fresh.
"We surveyed various malls and multiplexes at Vimannagar, Yerawada, Kalyaninagar, Kharadi and Ahmednagar Road and sent notices to those where mosquito breeding spots were found," said officials from the PMC.
They added that in malls and multiplexes there is a lot of scrap lying around for a long time which can become a breeding spot for mosquitoes.
According to the recent statistics available with the PMC's health department, the total suspected dengue cases have increased to 647 since January this year.
Out of these, a total of 247 have been registered in the month of August alone while 228 suspected cases of dengue have been registered in July.
Apart from dengue, the total chikungunya cases registered in the city since January have also increased to 152. Out of these, a total of 32 confirmed chikungunya cases have been registered in the month of July alone.
When contacted an official from the Phoenix Marketcity, said, "We have a certified agency for post pest control services and they do regular checking. It was a one-off case and has been take care of."
Officials from Ishanya mall said that they haven't received any formal communication from the authorities. "As a process, we have a well reputed agency of national stature doing our pest control and allied services in a regular basis . In fact, defogging to minimise the mosquito menace happens systematically twice every week in the premises.”
We will always abide by the authorities' advice and extend our fullest cooperation," they added.Authorities from Dorabjee Mall couldn't be reached.
Since January total suspected dengue cases 647
Total suspected dengue cases in August 247
Total suspected dengue cases in July 228
Total Confirmed dengue cases since January 157.
First Published: Aug 16, 2017 16:10 IST