PUNE: There is no respite from spurt in dengue case even this month.
The city reported 21 confirmed cases of dengue within a span of four days between October 1 and October 4. As many as 137 dengue cases were reported last month.
While the sudden spells of showers after a lull in the monsoon provided some relief from the sultry conditions, this also led to a spurt in mosquito-borne infections like dengue fever, say doctors.
Besides, the number of cases has grown considerably in number ever since the civic body's health department started collating data from private hospitals in the month of June. However, only 25 out of approximately 200 private hospitals in the city report disease data to the civic body on a regular basis.
Earlier, PMC would collect the disease data only from government-run Sassoon hospital and PMC-run hospitals.
"We have been urging private hospitals to report cases of vector-borne diseases to us so that the exact prevalence of a disease can be calculated and accordingly preventive as well as controlling interventions can be made. From June, we have started receiving data from some of them. Also, the rise in October can be attributed to the sudden spells of rain and erratic temperature," said S T Pardeshi, city health chief of the PMC.
However, the actual number of patients down with dengue and malaria is likely to be higher as only about 20% of such cases need hospitalisation. The PMC has asked the 200-odd private hospitals to report cases of vector-borne infections. "Among them, 25 private hospitals report consistently," said a health official.
Accumulation of water, increase in construction activity, piling up of garbage, lack of public awareness, vis-a-vis personal anti-mosquito measures, and inadequate mosquito management have aggravated the situation, say experts.