Nagpur: As Nagpur is gradually growing up to Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan, there appears serious hygeine problem lending breathing space to the dengue even in so called neat and clean colonies of Nagpur. Trashing aside the common notion that dengue spreads its tentacles in heavily crowded or slum areas, dengue is spreading in Laxmi Nagar, Dhantoli, Mangalwari, Dharampeth and Mangalwari zones.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s malaria and encephalitis department reported 44 dengue patients from January to August this year. 10 patients were detected positive in localities in Laxmi Nagar zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Similar number of patients were found in localities coming under Mangalwari zone. In 2015, highest number of patients were in Mangalwari Zone.
Aedes mosquitoes responsible for dengue are found mostly in urban areas. These mosquitoes can be easily identified as they have white stripes. These mosquitoes grow faster in empty pots, earthern pots, cycle tyres, water tanks, coolers and etc. Water has to be emptied every week and base of water tanks has to be scratched with brush to remove eggs.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s malaria and encephalitis department is doing awareness in this regard. Staffers are visiting and inspecting homes in areas and giving information about dengue disease. it has been observed even though there is awareness about this disease, people are neglecting.
From January to August 2016, ten dengue patients were found in posh localities coming under Laxmi Nagar zone, eight patients in Dharampeth zone, one patient in Hanuman Nagar zone, two dengue patients each in Dhantoli and Satranjipura zones, four dengue patients in Lakadganj zone, five patients in Asi Nagar zone while ten dengue positive patients were found in Mangalwari zone.
There is record of 229 dengue patients in city in the year 2015. Out of these, maximum 79 patients were found in areas coming under Mangalwari zone. This was followed by 38 patients in Asi Nagar zone and 29 patients in Laxmi Nagar zone.