With approaching winter mosquitoes in city seem to be cutting short all traditional notions about losing their sting and are instead getting deadlier. Cocking a snook at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) intense efforts to curb their terror, virulent vectors have of late spread dengue terror among city’s residents, with 250 cases of the malaise registered in the first week of November itself. Similarly, other vector-borne diseases such as Malaria Plasmodium Vivax and Malaria Plasmodium Falciparum are also rampant.
Going by the figures revealed by AMC it is apparent dengue cases have been increasing in city. Cases have almost doubled in October in comparison to September shows data collected from urban health centres, three municipal hospitals and 165 private hospitals shows that Ahmedabad witnessed 342 cases of dengue in September, which has now climbed up to nearly 640 in October.
Similarly, Malaria PV and Malaria PF cases have also been increasing. In October, 987 cases of Malaria PV and 510 cases of Malaria PF came to notice, says AMC. According to sources, on an average 30 cases of malaria PV and 15-18 case of Malaria PF are registered. While the health officials of AMC are baffled by increasing number of dengue cases as they have not come to know about any focus pocket where more number of dengue cases have been registered. The civic body has widened its network of data collection, but it does not include patients treated at private clinics. Therefore, number of vector-borne diseases seems to be much more than figures revealed by the civic body. It was expected that mosquito breeding will go down with decreasing temperature in the city after Navaratri season. However, falling temperature is yet to give respite from mosquitoes.
The civic body has intensified its drive to check spreading of mosquito-borne diseases. It screened nearly 60,000 people of various vector-borne diseases in October. It has provided 1.60 lakh rapid test kits to detect Malaria cases on spot. It has increased number of malaria and link workers. As per the guidelines issued by central government and state government teams, the civic body has doubled frequency of intra door survey and intra residual spray to stop mosquito breeding.
Intra door survey in September had shown mosquito density index was 1.2 which was below danger or even moderate level.