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AMC tops dengue chart this year with 70% cases in division

AMC tops dengue chart this year with 70% cases in division

The Times of India, Aurangabad, 24th December, 2015

The civic body's claims on mosquito-control measures seem to have fallen flat. So far this year, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) alone has reported about 70% of the total dengue patients among four districts.

Of the total 77 patients affected by the disease in Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani and Hingoli, 53 are from the AMC limits, while15 are from the rural pockets of the district.

The civic body's effort, or the lack of it, to control vector-borne diseases has been exposed as the number of people, especially children, being admitted to the hospitals with complaints of suspected dengue continues to surge in the city. As many as 19 people were reported to be affected by the disease in December alone.

However, officials of the civic body's health department claimed that they have intensified fogging operations near water bodies and in residential areas to bring down the mosquito density.

"We have already completed first round of abate treatment in all the municipal wards. Moreover, we also started second round of abate treatment last week," said Manisha Bhondwe, vector-borne disease controlling officer in the AMC.

She said as compared to 2014, the condition is better this year. "Last year, the city had reported around 121 cases of dengue. However, the number of patients suffering from the disease this year is only 53," Bhondwe said.