“Dengue is a notifiable disease… we will not hesitate to issue a notice to a doctor if he or she does not report a case,”– Dr Vaishali Jadhav, assistant medical officer, PMC
Maharashtra: Taking serious note of the upcoming monsoon and the expectant rise in dengue cases, the government officials in Maharashtra have issued advisories as well as warned all the doctors across the state against the failure to report each and every dengue case.
“Dengue is a notifiable disease… we will not hesitate to issue a notice to a doctor if he or she does not report a case,” Dr Vaishali Jadhav, assistant medical officer, Pune Municipal Corporation, told The Indian Express.
Joint Director of Health, Maharashtra, Dr M S Diggikar, said, “The advisories pertaining to the disease have also been sent to health officers of municipal corporations and district administrations.”
“We are also keeping a watch for cases of Japanese Encephalitis. So far, there are two cases, one each in Thane and Aurangabad. Last year, there were 29 cases of JE with 10 in Jalna, three each in Pune, Solapur, Raigad and Osmanabad, and remaining cases in other districts,” Diggikar informed the daily.
Overall, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s health department has identified 89,896 mosquito breeding spots in the city. Health authorities in Maharashtra have already detected 452 cases of dengue and 114 cases of chikungunya.
The PMC health authorities stated that over 28 have tested positive for the disease out of the 199 suspected cases of dengue in Pune. The city has reported 13 confirmed cases of chikungunya.