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350 clinics in Dharavi to reopen for Covid


Members of Mahim Dharavi Medical Practitioners Association conform to reopen clinics for huge exercise that may replace door-to-door exams; BMC to supply equipment

Around 350 doctors’ clinics in Dharavi that have been shut because the lockdown began will reopen as Covid-19 screening centres from Monday. At a time when common practitioners around the city have shut down their clinics out of worry of becoming infected, individuals of the Mahim Dharavi Medical Practitioners Association (MDMPA) met with BMC officers on Friday and agreed not best to reopen their clinics but additionally serve on the frontlines of the pandemic in Dharavi, some of the city’s most difficult hotspots. Once the clinics reopen, the BMC plans to use them to behavior a mass screening exercise to determine how a long way the virus could have unfold. BMC officers instructed Mirror that the civic body would offer the entire required private protective apparatus (PPE) kits to the medical staff and disinfect the entire clinics ahead of they reopen.

At the moment, the BMC goes door-to-door in Dharavi to screen the residents of Mumbai’s largest slum. It has up to now thermally screened 47,500 other folks there and referred with reference to 1,000 for checking out. So a long way 241Covid-19 circumstances have been reported from Dharavi, including 14 individuals who died. The population of Dharavi is estimated to be round 8.5 lakh.

Based on the addresses of the circumstances known up to now, five slum pockets inside the slum have been earmarked as pink zones and their residents segregated - to the level imaginable - from the rest. The door-todoor screening is focussed on those five zones, namely Madina Nagar, Muslim Nagar, Mukund Nagar, Kalyanwadi and Social Nagar, that have a mixed population of about 50,000.

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Dr Anil Pachnekar, who owns a clinic in Dharavi and is a trustee of the MDMPA, was amongst those that met BMC officers on Friday. He stated, “Our doctors have been helping with door-to-door screening. But since it is so sizzling and humid now, it's not imaginable to move round in PPEs. So we've got determined to reopen clinics in Dharavi. We will screen residents and refer them to the BMC’s quarantine centres if required. Those who show signs might be sent for checking out,” Dr Pachnekar stated.

“The BMC has stated that they are going to not seal those clinics if any person who visits one of them later tests certain. They are giving us PPE kits too,” he added.

Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, health, stated, “This might be a mass screening exercise. These are local doctors, who've a good suggestion concerning the medical historical past of other folks in Dharavi. The sufferers additionally know them, which helps. We need to involve them in screening the residents right here to save time.”

Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, G-North ward, stated that because the clinics have been unfold throughout Dharavi, the use of them to screen residents made sense. “The doctors will screen the residents and refer suspected circumstances to the BMC. We will once against screen them and then take their samples for checking out. Those who are in the high-risk category might be moved to institutional quarantine,” he stated.

A senior BMC reliable stated the screening was essential as it will be unimaginable to check every resident of Dharavi.


“It will act as a filter out and make certain that we're checking out the correct other folks. Asymptomatic excessive menace sufferers might be moved to institutional quarantine. This way even those that need non-covid treatment gets medical lend a hand. With the whole thing shut down [the residents] have had nowhere to go and need to rush to Sion medical institution for even minor diseases and diseases,” he stated.

The reliable added that the civic body has ready a quarantine centre with 300 beds at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex for residents of Dharavi.


“Dharavi municipal faculty has additionally ready 600 beds for quarantine. We have additionally acquired Sai Hospital at 90 Feet Road. It has 51 beds, including 8 ICU beds, and 29 other folks on responsibility. So we're ready for now and we are also increasing bed capacity by way of acquiring rooms in motels and inns in the space,” he stated.


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