Nagpur: Call it utter negligence of officials and elected representatives to take proper preventive measure to check the spread of dengue in the district or lack of chemicals required controlling the spread of dengue; Maharashtra has reported 11 deaths due to dengue-related complications till August, with Second Capital of the State topped in both cases (along with Nashik) and death.
Out of 11 deaths, six are from Nagpur district and one each from Wardha, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Thane and Ahmednagar, states the data tabled by the State Health Department.
From January till August 8, a total of 2,554 cases have been confirmed with dengue and 928 with chikungunya in Maharashtra.
According to the State Health Department report, Nashik and Nagpur have reported the highest number of dengue cases. There are a total of 191 cases in Nagpur district and another 266 in Nagpur Municipal areas. Nashik district also has 110 dengue cases, while there are 353 in Nashik Municipal areas. Nashik has also reported an increase in chikungunya cases with 301 in Municipal limits and 150 in the district.
Pune district has 134 cases of dengue while there 117 cases in PMC areas and 36 in Pimpri-Chinchwad. There are 147 cases of chikungunya in Pune district and 84 in PMC areas. Kolhapur has reported 112 dengue and 59 chikungunya cases, while 98 dengue cases have been reported in Solapur, 77 in Greater Mumbai and 47 in Dhule. There are 137 cases in Wardha and 88 in Yavatmal.
Every year, during the period of July to November, it has been observed that there is an upsurge in dengue cases. The disease has a seasonal pattern, and peaks after the monsoon. Dengue is endemic in all states with recurring outbreaks. Due to the pandemic, however, most hospitals were busy managing Covid-19 patients and not many cases were reported last year.
While the death audit committee meets once in three months, to date state experts have confirmed 11 deaths due to dengue fever.