Dengue cases highest ever in Nagpur this year

NAGPUR: The number of dengue cases has reached highest ever on the city this year. As per the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) records, the number of dengue patients has increased to 4,447.

The chances of more dengue cases cannot be ruled out as a few private hospitals and Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), that get many patients from slums and lower middle-class strata, do not report to the civic body.

All these patients were tested positive and treated by private hospitals between January 1 and October 31. The tests were conducted through rapid diagnostic kit (RDK). Then, these hospitals sent serum samples to the NMC. were tested as per the state government’s enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technology, in which 318 tested positive.

The highest number of cases (3,722) was registered in 2014, followed by 1,405 in 2017, 1,254 in 2015 and 1,236 in 2016. The cases were below 1,000 in rest of the years.

As far as positive cases under ELISA are concerned, this year’s number of 318 is the third highest after 601 in 2014 and 352 in 2013. The cases were 230 in 2015, 199 in 2017 and 195 in 2016.

With reports of first three days of this month and remaining 58 days this year awaited, chances of increase in dengue patients and positive cases as per ELISA test cannot be ruled out.

The cases were very less till July end. The number started to rise since August. September witnesses 1,687 cases of which 205 were found positive as per NMC’s ELISA technology. The cases in October were 1,710 of which 22 tested positive.

The high number of cases this year is due to improper solid waste management, unhygienic condition in major parts of the city and lack of awareness among citizens about mosquito-breeding causes.

As per the NMC’s records, there have been no deaths due to dengue. However, this is questionable as the civic body does not record a death if the person is not found positive under its ELISA system. Corporators from almost all parties had pointed out this in general body meeting on October 20.

The count of other vector-borne diseases is very less. Cases of Malaria are 4 this year, while that of and chikungunya are one each.

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