Dengue kept at bay but no room for complacency, say PCMC officials

PCMC's Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme initiated around eight years ago as a pilot project of the central government to control vector-borne diseases has put a considerable check on dengue cases, data since 2008 confirm. Dengue cases have come down from 403 in 2008 to 72 this year (till October), with the number peaking to 679 in 2009.

PCMC officials have, however, warned doctors against any complacency.

"Doctors cannot afford to be complacent. Surveillance has to be reinforced," they said.

Dr Milind Jawale, PCMC Medical Officer (National Programmes) told Newsline there were 72 dengue cases reported this year till October, and one death. In 2011 there were 96 cases but no death. In 2010 there were 409 cases and one death. In 2009 there were 679 cases and four deaths and in 2008, there were 403 cases and three deaths.

The reduction is consistent with the efforts made to ensure that the community responds to the civic body's appeal to take preventive measures. The health department has time and again sent notices to several industrial units to clean their surroundings and ensure there is no stagnant water in drums, tyres and other material.

Jawale said keeping up the good work was crucial and private hospitals should report every dengue and malaria case. Malaria also showed a similar trend, with the number coming down from 343 in 2008 to 145 this year (till October), and peaking at 616 in 2010.

There were 145 malaria cases this year till October (no deaths) and 291 cases in 2011 (no deaths). There were 435 cases in 2010 and four deaths while 2009 saw 616 cases and four deaths. In 2008 there were 343 cases and four deaths.

The pilot project had been launched in 2002-03 and surveillance measures had been stepped in the subsequent years. At present, along with container surveillance to weed out vector-breeding spots, fever cases are also being monitored under the programme.

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