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Government hospitals in Pune turn breeding grounds for dengue mosquitoes

34 government-run hospitals were issued notices by PMC's health department after mosquito breeding spots were found in their premises

pune Updated: Aug 08, 2017 09:29 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Proper care must be taken to ensure that there is no stagnant water, garbage or scrap lying around which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

No substantial efforts have been made by the civic body to prevent the growth of mosquito breeding grounds even though cases of dengue continue to rise in the city. In August, within just 7 days, a total of 147 cases of suspected dengue have been registered by the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department.

Recently, 34 government-run hospitals were also issued notices by the PMC's health department after mosquito breeding spots were found in their premises.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 and have issued over 4,307 notices so far. Also, we have collected a fine of Rs.1,13,690 but negligence by citizens or institutions is aiding to mosquito breeding which must be addressed.”

Baliwant said that during a recent survey, 34 government-run hospitals have been issued notices. “This shows that mosquito breeding can happen anywhere and hence, proper care must be taken to ensure that there is no stagnant water, garbage or scrap lying around which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” she said.

“Places where mosquito breeding is mostly found include ducts, plants pots, waste garbage bins, scrapped items lying around, plastic containers, syntax tanks, barrels which have water, paper, terrace where there is water accumulation among others,” informed PMC officials.

The officials added that the survey is done for mosquitoes like Anopheles which can cause malaria, Aedes Aegypti which is a vector for Zika, Chikungunya and dengue and Culex which causes encephalitis.

Baliwant stated that action will be taken against all places where mosquito breeding spots have been found.

According to statistics available at the PMC's health department, so far, 547 suspected dengue cases have been registered out of which 228 have been registered in July while in August so far 147 cases of suspected dengue have been registered.

The statistics reveal that a total of 121 dengue cases out of the total 547 suspected dengue cases have been confirmed so far.

Apart from dengue, a total of 134 Chikungunya cases have also been registered in the city since January. Out of this, 14 have been registered in August so far.

Total number of suspected dengue cases - 547

Suspected cases of dengue in July - 228

Suspected cases of dengue in August - 147

Confirmed cases of dengue- 121

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 09:27 IST