The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has positioned an order for 80,000 items of non-public protecting tools (PPE), Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi has stated.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Pardeshi stated: “We have 15,000 PPEs. They are not enough. We have given an order for 80,000 more and, fortunately, private planes from big corporations have lined up to pick them up and bring them here. I don’t have a transport problem. Wherever there is a supply, they are willing to pick them up.”
Lack of PPE is likely one of the greatest considerations dealing with healthcare staff preventing COVID-19 pandemic throughout the nation. PPEs embody objects corresponding to robes, respirators, face masks, safety-footwear harnesses, eye safety gear and gloves.
In two weeks, BMC can even start conducting ‘Rapid Antibody Test’ for its 5,000 well being staff, which can confirm the presence of antibodies that may combat the virus. The check checks for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) by ascertaining whether or not the individual has developed antibodies towards it. The check takes lower than 30 minutes.
Pardeshi stated BMC will first check its well being employees — nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers and BEST bus drivers ferrying important providers employees amongst others. The check will display plasma for antibodies that the physique develops towards the virus.
Depending upon the outcomes, BMC will then divide the well being staff into two classes – one who’ve examined optimistic for the antibody will work at 4 COVID-19 hospitals and others can be appointed as workplace employees for administrative and knowledge crunching work in epidemiology cell amongst others. Pardeshi stated, “First, I want to test our staff. These are the things we have to do to safeguard our people. Ashotoush Salil (joint municipal commissioner), Kiran Majumdar Shaw (chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited), Dr Sriram Nene and a Delhi-based group, all have come together with us and we are strategising to procure rapid antibody detection test. Though these tests cannot affirm if a person is COVID-19 positive or not, what they do affirm is the presence of antibodies, which helps us understand who will be able to face the viral attack.”
Mumbai has witnessed 642 COVID-19 circumstances (together with 40 deaths), with 116 being reported within the final 24 hours – the very best bounce in circumstances for the town. Pardeshi attributed the spike to BMC’s “aggressive approach to tracing rather than reacting”.
The civic physique has carried out 890 checks per million. “We have conducted 10,500 tests in Mumbai so far and you can compare this with the rest of Maharashtra. Forget Maharashtra, compare this with other states like Kerala, which has the second highest number of cases or even Delhi, which has conducted 3,200 tests,” he stated. Pardeshi highlighted that the present problem when it comes to quarantine is logistics and hospitality on the isolation centres. In addition to its hospitals, BMC has requisitioned 10,000 vacant rooms in lodges, halls and others and turned them into quarantine centres, largely for people who find themselves from densely populated areas and would discover it unattainable to observe the 14-days obligatory house quarantine of their residences. In addition, to encourage and help frontline staff and different BMC employees, Pardeshi stated, he would give a each day allowance of Rs 300 to the staff. For ward boys, the civic physique is giving a bundle of grain coupons price Rs 1,500. Pardeshi pressured on BMC’s preparation in controlling the unfold of the virus. After the primary case was reported from Dharavi, BMC started well being camps and fever clinics in numerous elements of the town. “People with cough and cold symptoms should visit fever clinics. There are 10 in the city slums and teams there decide whether a person needs testing. They can also go to COVID-19 hospitals. Even cities like London have just one COVID-19 hospital, all other hospitals don’t admit people just like that,” he added.