The practice of storing water in the summer months owing to water cut and absence of rainfall in June has led to a rise in number of dengue cases in the district this year. While the sensitive pockets in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad are Wadgaonsheri and Bhosari,a fair share of cases has been reported from places like Wai near Mahabaleshwar.
Not just scanty rainfall but intermittent rains can also be a problem,said Dr R R Iyer,medical director at Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). As part of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project,Iyer had reported 279 dengue cases in PCMC till July 8 this year.
Kotbagi Hospital,located in Aundh,has been witnessing a regular admission of dengue patients. On Friday,two patients,a mother and son,were discharged after a weeklong treatment at the hospital. Dr Mahesh Kotbagi,chairman of the hospital,said it will not be wrong to term it as an epidemic going by the number of cases. Since January,we have handled 100 dengue cases,most of which originated from Sanghvi and areas under Pimpri-Chinchwad jurisdiction. The civic bodies should take cognisance and initiate preventive measures.
Iyer,however,pointed out that the onus should be on awareness as people need to be advised not to store water for more than five days for mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Heavy rains normally wash away the larvae and eggs of mosquitoes in water collected in coconut shells and other containers,but intermittent rain doesnt do that.
While the PCMC and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have started spraying insecticides in the mosquito-breeding places,Dr S R Patole,from the Insect Control Department,PMC,pointed out that there were only 42 cases till June this year in its limits. Dr R R Pardeshi,chief medical officer,PMC,also stressed that there was no outbreak of dengue in the city and the PMC was keeping a track of the sensitive pockets.
Private practitioner and chief consultant at KEM hospital Dr Rajesh Gadia said they had 32 cases of dengue,mainly from outside Pune. Wai is a hotspot,he said and added that the cases are rising there.
Wadgaonsheri,Ghorpadi Gaon and Bhosari are emerging as sensitive pockets for the dengue virus and a team from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) has collected samples from Wadgaonsheri. Presently,there are eight dengue patients in KEM Hospital. There are also sporadic cases from peths like Nana Peth and Raviwar Peth,Gadia said.
Elsy John,the chief matron of Kotbagi Hospital,said there was at least one dengue patient at the hospital every week. This week there were four patients,out of which two have been discharged while the other two are recuperating.