After COVID-19 the city is witnessing a surge in Dengue cases. According to the information from the Malaria and Filarial Department of NMC, from January to June there were 149 suspected of Dengue. Out of which 98 were reported positive.
“The figure is more than last year. May be due to negligence by people in keeping their surroundings clean,” said S A Datar, Technician of Malaria and Filarial Department of NMC.
He added that the use of coolers has not stopped. Where ever there is water stagnant the Dengue mosquito lays its egg. Even the rainwater is collected in several places in the locality, which is a play area for the Dengue mosquito.
The Department has advised people through a communique to clear the water in the coolers, on terrace, varanda, etc so that Dengue mosquito, cannot lay down their eggs. Cleanliness is very important, so that people can protect themselves from viral infections.
NMC is taking measures to fight the situation, but without the support and awareness of citizens, the infection cannot be brought under control. Though no death has been reported so far, but as it is said prevention is always better than cure.