Pune: Considering the increasing number of dengue and malaria cases in the city even before the onset of monsoon, the Pune Municipal Corporation has warned all the ward offices to speed up the pre-monsoon works to keep a check on the numbers.
Besides, the PMC health department has also warned business owners and housing societies of filing cases and slapping heavy fine, in case they fail to abide by norms. Most of the times, garages leave used tyres in open for water to stagnate thus leaving room for mosquitoes to breed.
Dr Vaishali Jadhav, assistant medical officer of the PMC health department said, “The ward officers will send notices to garage owners to cover used tyres with plastic sheets to avoid collection and stagnation of water. Eateries that cook out in the open will be notified to dispose their garbage properly.”
She said that the respective ward officers have to ensure the nallas around Pune are cleaned regularly and channelised. “Ditches around schools and housing societies are being covered up and cleaning of Mula-Mutha river will start soon. Housing Societies have been notified to clean the swimming pools on a weekly basis to maintain hygiene,” she said.
With the rise in malaria and dengue cases tn the city, maintaining hygiene during the monsoon has become important to prevention of diseases. As compared to January this year, number of malaria cases doubled in the city with 30 cases being registered so far. Similarly, 82 cases of dengue fever have been reported so far in 2014.
The PMC plans to conduct a series of workshops in schools to create awareness among students and teachers about communicable diseases It has also warned all private hospitals and clinics to notify the PMC when cases of dengue, malaria or typhoid are registered.
Chief medical officer of PMC ST Pardeshi said, “If anybody, who has received the notice, fails to take timely action or a slack attitude is seen, strict action will be taken against them. The PMC will file cases against them and a fine of Rs 1000 will be levied.”