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Dharavi patients get an exclusive 51 bed hosp

Sai Hospital, positioned in Dharavi, has been obtained underneath the provisions of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897; the workforce at the facility may be helping BMC medical doctors.

To tackle the unfold of coronavirus in Dharavi, the BMC on Sunday took over all the 51-bed privately owned Sai Hospital in Dharavi to show it into an isolationcum-treatment centre. On Sunday evening, the total choice of certain circumstances in Asia’s biggest slum stood at 5.

This is the primary time that the BMC has taken over a whole health facility with its medical doctors, technicians, nurses and other workforce underneath the Epidemic Diseases Act to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak in Dharavi, home to eight lakh folks.

The health facility will area asymptomatic patients as well as high-risk contacts of those that have examined certain. The health facility may be run by the BMC for a month and all high-risk contacts in Dharavi -those with underlying stipulations -will be remoted at the health facility, lowering the weight on other hospitals like Kasturba Hospital which has been receiving essentially the most choice of Covid-19 patients from the town. “We have already known the entire high-risk and low-risk contacts. Once we detect any more certain circumstances, the asymptomatic patients may be despatched to Sai Hospital. We will provide masks and all protecting equipment to the medical doctors and workforce there,” stated Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G-North ward. BMC officials stated that they're going to pay the health facility management around Rs 30 lakh for the month for using the health facility and its medical doctors and workforce.

The health facility has been obtained underneath the 123-year-old regulation to restrict the unfold of the outbreak. The 1897 regulation, which was enacted to tackle bubonic plague within the then Bombay state, is meant to include dangerous epidemic diseases.

Dr Khalid Shaikh of Sai Hospital stated that apart from the Dharavi Hospital, the Sai Hospital at Chembur had also been given to the BMC. “Having only one or two isolation beds is not sufficient and it creates problems for the functioning of a regular health facility. The BMC wanted an isolation centre close to Dharavi, so we've got given all the health facility to the BMC. We have 51beds and nine ICU beds,” Dr Shaikh stated.

“We have our physicians and they're going to lend a hand the BMC medical doctors. The BMC has stated that their knowledgeable medical doctors will train our medical doctors. All the workforce at the health facility may even get protecting equipment,” Dr Shaikh stated.

The 51-bed health facility will area asymptomatic patients as well as high-risk contacts of those that have examined certain

According to BMC’s new SOP for Covid-19 patients, all symptomatic certain patients may be admitted to Kasturba Hospital, St George Hospital, Seven Hills Hospital, Nanavati Hospital and Saifee Hospital. Patients who are symptomatic and are underneath 60, may be admitted to six isolation centres that have been arrange across the city.

BMC officials stated that they'd start moving patients to Sai Hospital from onward. “The samples amassed from Dharavi are being despatched to Haffkine Institute. Critical patients may be despatched to Kasturba but others, who are asymptomatic, may also be saved at Sai Hospital. We have already shifted high risk contacts and vulnerable residents from Dr Baliga Nagar to the District Sports Complex,” Dighavkar stated.

Sports complicated too

BMC officials have also obtained the District Sports Complex close to Dharavi to isolate high-risk contacts. The BMC has already arrange a 300-bed facility at the sports activities complicated which is solely 300 metres from the contained enclave at Dr Baliga Nagar, where the primary Covid-19 case was discovered on April 1. The man had died the same day.

With circumstances being reported from other parts of the slums, and with most patients having no go back and forth historical past, officials are anxious that any prolong in separating patients would possibly result in a group unfold within the slum.

“The District Sports Club has given the club premises to lend a hand the group and quarantine suspected Covid-19 patients in view of the emerging choice of suspected circumstances in surrounding areas of Dharavi and BKC. We hope the usage of the ability for quarantining will make the roles of our healthcare and front line staff rather more straightforward,” stated Suraj Samat, committee member of the District Sports Complex.

The ED Act

The Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 confers special powers upon local authorities to put in force measures essential to regulate epidemics. In the previous, the Act has been used to fight quite a lot of epidemics reminiscent of swine flu, dengue, and cholera. In 2018, it was invoked in Vadodara to fight cholera. In Chandigarh it was invoked to tackle malaria in 2015.


Thane health facility for corona patients

A personal health facility on Ghodbunder Road is to be repurposed to regard coronavirus-infected patients in Thane. All fl oors of the 120-bed Horizon Prime health facility may be used for this purpose, underneath supervision of Thane Municipal Corporation, in step with Dr Dinkar Desai, president of the Thane bankruptcy of the Indian Medical Association. The IMA has also issued an appeal for the aid of the medical group here - critical care specialists, anaesthesia specialists and nursing workforce.

The health facility will want much more than the 5 ventilators it currently possesses, Desai stated, adding that they'd be rented along side other protecting equipment. He also stated that as a part of the town’s newly shaped Thane Rapid Action Corona Team (TRACT), 50 medical doctors and other medical workforce were helping the Thane Municipal Corporation’s medical group every day, whilst 60 other medical doctors within the city were to be had for session over a helpline all through the lockdown. – David Delima

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