RISE IN DENGUE AND CHIKUNGUNYA CASES IN CITY – PMC taps different awareness mediums

Civic body’s health dept to spread message via autorickshaws, garbage collection vehicles and cinema halls to help citizens secure themselves from the outbreak
Pune’s tryst with chikungunya and dengue revived it self this year with the sec ond-highest cases being reg istered in the state. The government had to step in to curb the cyclic spate of epidemic, as categorised by the National Institute of Virology (NIV). Now, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to intensify its awareness drives to curb the outbreak. Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar has instructed the health department to take help of garbage vehicles, autorickshaws and cinema theatres to alert the citizens.According to the PMC health department’s statistics, 1,518 people are suspected to have dengue so far, where as, 397 are afflicted with chikungunya. The civic body has already admitted to the lack of manpower and is struggling to pull in more officials to conduct house-tohouse checking and fumigation.Around 20 people are required for every ward. However, there is a dearth of 300 more people.

Dr S T Pardeshi, PMC’s chief medical officer told Pune Mirror, “The PMC commissioner has given instruction to intensify awareness campaign in the city. We have decided to hire autorickshaws to make announcements, make slide shows at cinema halls and take help of garbage vehicles to spread messages regarding dengue and chikungunya.“

Furthermore, the health department staff are touted to visit schools during assembly hours and instruct students on preventive measures.

Although the civic body has started fumigation in the city, the change in weather has created breeding grounds for the vector mosquitos.The civic body officials have been visiting people’s homes to ensure precautionary measures are being taken sincerely. Till date, the PMC has collected Rs 2,08,150 and served notices to 1,211people over the issue of negligence of following precautionary measurement in their homes or societies. However, the officials have expressed displeasure over noncooperation from people residing in upscale housing societies and residential bungalows. Reportedly, they have shown aversion to indoor surveys and fumigation by not allowing officials to enter their houses.

Currently, Dhole Patil Road and Yerwada are the worst-hit areas with maximum patients being diagnosed with either dengue or chikungunya. After a case has been reported in a particular household, the civic officials visit the place to collect mosquitos with the help of insect collectors and test them.On positive confirmation of the vector, the breeding spots are destroyed by indoor and outdoor fogging.

Source : Mirror