Taking lessons from the outbreak of Corona virus in Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi in Mumbai, which is a warning for all cities having dense slum population, the health department of Nashik Municipal Corporation with the cooperation of Arogya Yatra Foundation has undertaken screening exercise in all slum areas and surrounding parts of the city on an extensive basis.
This door to door survey which is being undertaken in 148 legal and illegal slums is assisted by 100 dedicated teams which would visit over 69000 houses with an initial target to screen 3,00,000 men and women.
In the city several COVID-19 cases have been found in slum areas of Sanjeevnagar, Samatanagar and Wadalagaon. If the virus spreads in slum areas as the slums have been more vulnerable to the Covid-19 outbreak, it will become more difficult to contain its outbreak due to issues of social distancing and population density. On this backdrop, the health department of the NMC has began precautionary screening exercise in all the slum areas of the city with the support of Arogya Yatra Foundation.
The administration will make it a priority to contain cases from there, ensure contact tracing and conduct detailed follow-ups, all in the hope that the transmission can be arrested.
Meanwhile, on the third consecutive day, screening of people, especially pregnant women and children below 10 years was carried out in Wadalagaon. The first screening camp was conducted at KBH Vidyalay in Wadalagaon. On the occasion, the foundation did proper counselling and gave instructions to pregnant women on how to take care during the pandemic.
About 70 people were screened including 16 children, one pregnant woman and 53 men at a society near corona hot spot area by an expert team of doctors. A team of specialist doctors including Dr Janki Mane, Dr Deepti Chaudhary, Dr Narsing and Dr Brijbhushan Mahajan supervised the screening test.
The door to door survey which is being undertaken in 148 legal and illegal slums will be assisted by 100 dedicated teams which would visit over 69000 houses with an initial target to screen 3,00,000 men and women.