Even as the number of dengue cases has increased fourfold in the past nine months as compared to the same period last year, the state government has prepared a mid-term plan to deal with the upsurge.
“In view of the upsurge and geographical spread of dengue to newer areas, a mid-term plan has been developed for prevention and control of dengue. The work has been divided among the wards and the ward officials will be surveying 10 per cent of the households in their area every day,” said Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, Government of Maharashtra.
Asked about the sudden increase in cases, Dr VD Khanande, state joint director (health), said that unprecedented population growth, unplanned and rapid urbanisation, inadequate waste management and excess rainfall as compared to last year are some of the reasons for the increase in dengue cases.
Training for dengue case management and vector control organised at different levels for outbreak preparedness
23 sentinel surveillance equipped to monitor rate of occurrence of dengue cases in specific regions to assess the stability or change in health levels of the particular population
Officials have been asked to survey the entire neighbourhood where dengue cases are reported and conduct immediate and repeated fogging.
Meetings with local physicians and a master list with contact numbers of health officials, local doctors, hospitals and ambulances
Since dengue patients need platelet bags, the health officials have been told to network with blood banks and also on-job trainings organised for all stakeholders to detect and manage dengue patients