With panic over the spread of mosquito-borne diseases increasing across the city and with breeding spots found on the residential premises of 10 civic doctors, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has now decided to prepare an action plan to be implemented in the next eight days to check the vector-borne diseases and take police help in case of opposition to the fogging activity by the civic staff. In a review meeting of the civic departments concerned, Mayor Prashant Jagtap said there was lot of panic among people because of the increase in the number of patients of mosquito-borne diseases in the city.
“The civic administration needs to pull up their socks and build up confidence among people. It can be done by initiating steps to check the spread of diseases. There should be an action plan for the purpose and a drop in the spread of diseases. The breeding spots have been found in residential areas of 10 civic doctors,” he said.
It was learnt that there might be at least 60,000 mosquito breeding spots, Jagtap said, adding that the civic administration should launch an extensive drive to check the breeding of mosquitoes and seek the service of private agencies for the same.
All civic properties should be clean to ensure the absence of mosquito breeding sites and also the builders should be served notices to take steps for ensuring absence of breeding sites in locations where construction work was taking place, Jagtap said.
The entire civic health department should be on field, reaching out to each household in the city to create public awareness and also to ensure that no breeding site exists within and outside each house, he added.
Awareness should be created among students by holding discussions during the morning assembly prayer so that they could carry the message home afterwards, he added.
The mayor urged the city hospitals to make beds available for admitting patients and appoint a round-the-clock medical team to treat the patients, coming in at any time.
Dr Kalpana Baliwant, in-charge of insect control department at PMC, said the minute rains stopped, they would start fogging work. “There has been an increase in the number of chikungunya cases and it has been challenging to contain the adult mosquitoes. We have destroyed as many as 7,662 mosquito-breeding sites. During our survey, we also found breeding sited in unused commodes,” she said.
“Abate larvicide is being used in large lakes and quarries and we are urging people to help the PMC by actively participating in chasing these mosquitoes out. At least at homes, people should ensure that water is not stored in open containers and that trays under flower pots are empty,” she said.
While 300 people are actively engaged in indoor fogging, another 20 from each ward office will join the effort from Friday.