The Akola Assembly constituency is part of the Akola Lok Sabha constituency, along with five other Assembly segments — Akot, Akola East, Balapur and Murtizapur in Akola district, and Risod in adjoining Washim district.
The constituency covers areas like Vitthalwadi, Bibvewadi, Parvati gaon, Laxmi Nagar, Maharshi Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar and Dattavadi. The BJP made inroads in this segment in the last 10 years with Misal winning in 2009 and 2014.
Doctors at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital also said the demand for platelets has been rising. Platelets are also needed by cancer patients and those requiring liver transplant, said Dr S Ketkar of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital’s blood bank.
According to the findings of the India State Level Disease Burden Initiative, published in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health recently, if trends upto 2017 continue the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) 2022 and WHO and UNICEF targets 2030 will not be achieved in most Indian states.
Till September this year, there have been 3,632 suspected dengue patients in Pune, of which 666 were confirmed cases of viral fever, said Dr Sanjeev Wavare, assistant medical officer of health at PMC. Another 294 patients tested positive for chikungunya, he said.