Every day, the city’s pest control department is identifying 45 fever cases from across 15 wards. In August itself, out of 265 suspected dengue cases, 67 were positive with the virus.
During a house-to-house survey to identify the mosquito breeding spots, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officials identified at least 71 mosquito breeding spots at 10 residential buildings in the Dhole Patil Ward — which includes areas like Koregaon Park, Bund Garden road, Pune Railway Station, among others.
A total of 848 suspected dengue cases have been registered from January this year, out of which 161 are positive with the virus, said Dr Kalpana Baliwant, chief of the insect control department at PMC. Among the 15 wards, the highest number of suspected dengue cases — as many as 123 —were found at the Dhole Patil Ward.
A ward-wise analysis of the fever cases identified during the house-to-house survey by PMC shows that areas at Sangamwadi, Ghole Road and Tilak Road ward offices have shown a higher number of suspected dengue cases. Baliwant told The Indian Express that most of the breeding spots are still found at residences.
“It is mostly in the petridish that is kept below the potted plants at balconies where a host of plants are kept. Since last few years, an awareness campaign to educate and inform the residents about dengue have been underway, however, people do not really bother to adhere to such advice,” Baliwant said, adding that they have stopped issuing warning notices now.
“We directly levy fines from people. How many warnings should we give,” she asked, adding that from January till date as many as 913 notices have been issued and a total of Rs 1.29 lakh has been collected as fine from those residences and construction sites where mosquito breeding sites have been identified.
In Pimpri Chinchwad, municipal health authorities said that they had surveyed 86,209 houses from June to August and found at least 2,373 mosquito breeding sites. “We have issued fines against 48 such persons, including societies, and also slapped another 75 notices warning people that action will be taken if they did not check the breeding sites at their residences or society. The community has to be involved in the task of elimination of breeding of aedes aegypti —the mosquito that causes dengue — in and around the houses,” said authorities.
At the National Institute of Virology, the weekly update from August 12 to 18 show that out of the 105 suspected dengue cases, 44 have tested positive while there are as many as 62 chikungunya cases that tested positive during the same week. According to the NIV website from January till date, there were 264 dengue cases and 449 chikungunya cases.