758 advisories issued to buildings in Pune in July for mosquito breeding grounds

The Pune Municipal Corporation’s health department issued 758 advisories in July alone to corporations and commercial buildings for mosquito breeding grounds

The health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) issued 758 advisories in July alone to companies and commercial spaces in and around Pune for mosquito breeding areas, which could lead to an increase in cases of dengue fever and chikungunya in the city. The ratings issued are the highest this year for the month of July. There are 50 confirmed dengue fever cases and no Chikungunya cases in July within PMC boundaries in July, health department officials said.

Pune district reported the highest number of dengue fever cases in the state till the end of June. According to the state epidemiology department of Maharashtra, rural parts of Pune district have reported 137 cases of dengue fever while PMC has reported 141 cases till the end of June 2022.

With 50 new cases in July alone, the total number of dengue cases in PMCs rose to 193 through July 23.

Dr Sanjeev Wavare, Deputy Chief Health Officer, said: “We have issued notices to 758 companies and commercial spaces and levied a fine of 36,400 until July 23. July’s fine was the highest so far. PMC advised the public to check standing water around residential and commercial compounds and to check breeding areas.

Dr Mahendra Jagtap, state epidemiology officer, said meetings have been organized by the department to publicize mosquito breeding grounds.

“We have developed two separate action plans for urban and rural areas because the challenges in the two areas are very different. We have identified hotspots of dengue fever spread from our last three-year survey. We started fumigating these breeding grounds just before the monsoon. We are monitoring fever cases in hospitals to monitor suspected cases. We have also held meetings with local authorities to ensure the dissemination of awareness on the issue,” Dr Jagtap said.

He said citizens should keep a check inside their homes and near where there is standing water. “Waste management must be done properly because mosquitoes can breed where water stagnates,” he said.

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