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Wadala housing complex under complete lockdown

More than 1,450 families within the 11-building Dosti Acres advanced requested to stay in two-week quarantine after a resident tested sure for COVID-19 infection.

One of the most important co-operative housing societies in Mumbai, Dosti Acres in Wadala on Wednesday went into a whole lockdown as a “containment zone” after a resident, who was beneath self-quarantine since his go back from foreign trip, tested sure in a followup COVID-19 check.

A resident of Dosti Blossom Society and his family was beneath self-quarantine after his preliminary check at Kasturba Hospital was unfavorable. However, the results of his contemporary check got here sure on Tuesday night time, and the BMC authorities arrived on the advanced to tell the residents of a possible lockdown.

On Wednesday, officials from F North Ward and Antop Hill police station held a meeting with office-bearers of all 11 co-operative housing societies in Dosti Acres explaining the explanation for the stern restrictions on motion of residents out and in of the advanced.

“There is no panic amongst residents. One of our individuals who was in selfquarantine after his first COVID check got here unfavorable. Three days ago, he consulted me at the necessity of a follow-up check and he did the check with Thyrocare. Unfortunately, the check outcome was sure, and it was communicated through the lab to the civic body and police authorities who arrived at our advanced and directed him to get admitted to a health center,” mentioned Rahul Daga, chairman of Dosti Lily Cooperative Housing Society, who also runs the well known NGO, Friends of Wadala.

At 11pm on Tuesday evening, Dosti Blossom Society secretary despatched out a formal notice to the residents of the constructing explaining the advance and interesting all residents to not transfer out in their houses until additional realize.

“The BMC and police authorities directed our member to confess himself at a health center for additional treatment. But, in a total lockdown, how does he trip to the health center? We referred to as 108 Ambulance carrier, but they mentioned they are able to handiest come when they're supplied with private protective equipment (PPE) or the headto toe Hazmat suit mandatory for moving a positive affected person. Though the check outcome got here sure around 6.30-7 pm, the 108 ambulance may just handiest come right here around nighttime,” mentioned Daga.

When Mumbai Mirror contacted Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services, which runs the 108 ambulance services and products, Dr Ashish Yadav, the zonal manager, mentioned, “There is no shortage of PPE, however the selection of calls have higher over the previous couple of days. We are now picking up 70 to 72 sufferers day by day. The BMC has been supplying PPE kits every time we ask for it. Whether this can be a suspected COVID-19 affected person or a positive COVID-19 affected person, we can't pick up the affected person with out the PPE suit.”

Vipul Bondal, another resident of the society and a communications professional, tweeted tagging Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Minister Aaditya Thackeray’s Twitter handles to convey the issue to their realize. “Mumbai city’s 108 ambulances will have to be supplied with safety kits to transport COVID-19 circumstances to hospitals. ‘10’ Ambulance in Mumbai F/N ward now not supplied with COVID kits leading to delays. Hon @CMOMaharashtra Hon @AUThackeray @mcgm asked to take into account,” the tweet mentioned.

“We encountered had another drawback. After the 108 ambulance picked up the affected person and took him to Hinduja health center, the health center refused to confess the affected person saying the health center is handiest admitting sufferers above 55 years of age. We then had to get at the phone and get in touch with some individuals who may just intervene, and an hour later, he was admitted,” mentioned Daga.

Dosti Acres has around 1,450 apartments within the advanced and even though they were already implementing social distancing measures, but a lockdown for 14 days has posed a new logistical problem for the residents. “The authorities have told us that no person will likely be allowed inside of and the residents may not be allowed to step outside for groceries or any other essentials. So, we now have appealed to all societies to form teams of volunteers and we will be able to see if we will position collective orders, after which volunteers may just ship them to houses across the advanced,” Daga mentioned.

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