A 48-year-old woman died of dengue on Friday at Ratna Memorial Hospital. This was the sixth dengue death since January,said civic health department authorities.
Alka Shinde of Vaiduvadi,Chatuhshrungi,was admitted to the hospital on September 14,as she was suffering from fever since September 10. She tested positive for dengue viral infection on September 16,doctors said.
PMC Assistant Medical Officer Dr Vaishali Jadhav said 12-14 dengue cases were being reported daily.
PMC has registered 369 cases since January,of which 99 cases were reported in August. We have urged citizens to not let water stagnate near their homes,as it acts as a breeding ground for aedes aegypti mosquito, Jadhav said. As many as 700 notices have been slapped against violators. At present,10 cases were in court,Jadhav said and stressed the need for more public awareness.
The Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) has launched an awareness campaign on preventive measures. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),cases of dengue has shot up 30 folds over the past 50 years. This year,more than 22,000 cases have been reported in India,according to official figures.
The Fight Dengue For Payal campaign includes awareness drives at resident welfare associations to educate citizens about the disease and its prevention.