Nagpur News : With dengue patients increasing in alarming proportions and the private hospitals playing negative role and creating scary atmosphere in Nagpur awfully for their own benefits, the Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane on Tuesday directed the NMC officials to go on awareness spree and get rid of dengue fear from the minds of citizens. “It is the responsibility of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to protect the citizens from dengue disease,” stressed Wardhane at a meeting held to review dengue situation in city.
The Municipal Commissioner took stock of arrangements and working in NMC’s Health, Malaria and Filaria Departments to deal with dengue disease. Representatives of Government Hospitals, private hospitals and office-bearers of Indian Medical Association among others attended the review meeting. Wardhane directed the private pathology laboratories and hospitals to send serum samples of dengue or other infectious disease patients to NMC’s Malaria and Filaria Departments in Mahal. He said that an awareness drive in massive scale should immediately be undertaken by visiting every household and informing the citizens about preventive measures such as hygiene, clean drinking water etc in controlling the dengue disease. The Education Officers should screen dengue related films in schools to create awareness among citizens, directed Wardhane.
At the outset, the Malaria and Filaria Officer Jayashri Thote informed the meeting that whenever the Department finds dengue patients a team visits the areas and takes appropriate action. But due to acute shortage of staff, inspection of entire areas becomes difficult. However, whenever the Department’s team comes across mosquito larvae in dengue-hit areas the larvae is destroyed and citizens are asked to alert. Similarly, schools are being visited and awareness about dengue disease is being created with the help of demonstrations. The way the students in Bhandara districted created awareness about dengue by visiting every household , the NMC should also organize mosquito larvae finding contest for students and allocate them marks. The Bhandara pattern should be implemented to wipe out the dengue threat in Nagpur, suggested the Malaria and Filaria Officer Jayashri Thote.
Concluding the meeting, the Municipal Commissioner directed the concerned officials and departments to focus on dengue infested areas and create awareness there on war-footing to completely eliminate the dengue menace in Nagpur city.
Others who attended the meeting included Additional Municipal Commissioner Hemant Pawar, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir, Health Officer Dr Savita Meshram, Public Health Department’s Assistant Director (Malaria) Dr M B Ganvir, GMCH’s Associate Professor Dr A M Somalwar, PSM Chief Dr Arun Humne, Head of Medicine Department Dr Vrunda Sahastrabhojne, IMA President Dr Sanjay Deshpande, Secretary Dr Kush Jhunjhunwala, Daga Hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr R S Farooqui, GMCH’s Medical Superintendent Dr M R Singh, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Ramesh Chaple, Assistant Superintendent Dr Dilip Gedam, Dr D M Raut, Indira Gandhi Medical College’s Acting Medical Superintendent Dr Swati Matkari, and others.
A month-wise statement issued by NMC’s Malaria and Filaria Department said that from January 2014 till September 14 2014, a total of 351 patients with dengue symptoms were found out which samples of 60 patients were positive. No deaths were reported.