Even as 72 dengue cases have ‘officially’ been reported by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) since January this year, 39 cases were reported in October alone.
Forced by the sudden spate of dengue cases, civic authorities have inspected nearly 1 lakh houses in last one month.
PCMC’s medical officer Dr Milind Javale told DNA, “Owing to the increase in cases, a dengue detection centre was started at Yashwantrao Chavan Hospital. A test of all those suspected of suffering from dengue is being carried out and they are equivalent to those conducted at National Institute of Virology (NIV). Earlier, time was lost as private hospitals sent samples to YCMH and we forwarded them to NIV and waited for reports,” he said.
A state government report on dengue recently said that PCMC areas have second maximum dengue cases in state after Mumbai. However, as Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) areas have reported 677 dengue cases so far, the number from PCMC were comparatively quite low. On Thursday alone, 22 dengue positive cases were reported from PMC areas.
When asked why the number of dengue cases was less as compared to PMC even though state government’s report states otherwise, PCMC officials said it could be due to the large population residing in PMC areas. “The population in PMC areas is nearly double and hence, cases could be more,” said Javale.
Another civic official pointed out that disparity in number could be because of different methods of reporting cases. “PMC collects data from all public and private hospitals but PCMC accepts only reports confirmed from NIV or tested by them,” he said.
Meanwhile, PCMC said corrective action was taken at 97 dengue breeding spots besides issuing of notices to big industries and building sites where dengue breeding spots were found. In PCMC areas, dengue positive cases were reported especially from Thergaon, Bhosari, Chikhali, Pimpri, Sangvi and Pimple Saudagar.
(With inputs from Alifiya Khan)