3 dengue deaths, one due to malaria in Pune: Audit committee report

From Tuesday, surveillance has been intensified and hospitals have been directed to reserve 10 per cent beds for dengue patients.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published:September 20, 2016 1:19 am
dengue, dengue pune, chikangunya, pune chikangunya, Pune Municipal Corporation, PMC, latest news, latest india news There are a total of 243 confirmed cases of dengue in Pune, according to Pune Municipal Corporation health officials.

AN AUDIT committee has confirmed that out of seven suspected dengue deaths in July and August— three were due to dengue and one due to malaria. From Tuesday, surveillance has been intensified and hospitals have been directed to reserve 10 per cent beds for dengue patients.

The death audit committee is chaired by the Deputy Director of Pune circle, Dr H H Chavan, and includes experts from medicine, gynaecology and other deparments from B J Medical College, including virologists from the National Institute of Virology.

Chavan said that there were seven cases that were reviewed by the committee. Three deaths have been confirmed due to dengue viral infection, out of which one person was from Ambegaon in Haveli tehsil of Pune district and had been admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital while another was from Bhigwan in Indapur and was admitted to Noble hospital. The third was a woman from Kothrud and was admitted to Sahyadri hospital. One death due to malaria was was of a resident from Chakan in Pune district. Three other cases are pending as some of the medical reports are incomplete, Chavan said.

There are a total of 243 confirmed cases of dengue in Pune, according to the Pune Municipal Corporation health officials while across the state there are 2,572 cases of dengue.

Highest number of chikungunya cases

With the increasing number of cases, a meeting was held with the state health minister and other experts. Dr Kanchan Jagtap, joint director of health, said that till August end — Pune had the highest number of chikungunya cases .

Out of a total of 439 cases in the state — a total of 393 were from Pune. The city had a tally of 225 cases of chikungunya while there were 168 in rural areas. Dr Subhash Salunkhe, state expert on communicable diseases, said that advisories have been issued to corporations and municipal councils to immediately strengthen surveillance measures and reduce the vector density. “We had already warned corporations and councils to clean up the garbage and start surveillance measures a month ago,” Salunkhe said.

PMC finds mosquito  breeding at railway quarters 

Intensified surveillance measures have shown that mosquito breeding sites have been found at railway quarters and even in the own confiscated material collected by the Pune Municipal Corporation’s anti encroachment department!. Most of the material seized include handcarts and others that encroach on the road. Dumped near the Tadiwalla ward office, a recent inspection found that the mosquitoes were breeding here as well, state health officials said. When contacted, Dr ST Pardeshi, acting chief medical officer at Pune Municipal Corporation, said that they have destroyed the breeding sites.

Out of 439 cases in state, Pune recorded 393 

The city had a tally of 225 cases of chikungunya while there were 168 in rural areas. Dr Subhash Salunkhe, state expert on communicable diseases, said that advisories have been issued to corporations and municipal councils to immediately strengthen surveillance measures and reduce the vector density. “We had already warned corporations and councils to clean up the garbage and start surveillance measures a month ago,” Salunkhe said.