Sitting ducks: fear stalks India's biggest slum as virus cases inch up

Elias Hubbard
April 8, 2020

The three are residents of Baliga Nagar that had been declared a containment zone earlier. His contacts have been examined and high-risk ones, these with respiratory or different situations, have been remoted.

In order to contain COVID-19 spread, Dr Baliga Nagar area of Dharavi has been sealed by the administration.

Trying to hint and include outbreaks in settlements akin to Dharavi - 5km (3.1 miles) from Mumbai's key enterprise district and residential to India's largest inventory change and the native headquarters of JPMorgan Chase - are essential in India's combat towards the lethal coronavirus, which has sickened over 1.2 million individuals globally and killed greater than 64,000.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been holding health camps in these containment zones and so far, more than 3220 people have been screened for symptoms. Six are considered highly probable and have been quarantined already.

"We are talking about a slum where 10-12 people live in 10x10-foot tin hutments", said Vinod Shetty, director at the nonprofit Acorn Foundation, which works with sanitation workers in Dharavi.

Mr. Shewale wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, demanding a complete lockdown of Dharavi."The number of cases in Dharavi is increasing every day".

BMC officials say this will reduce the burden on other hospitals.

About 100,000 poor migrants employed in Dharavi's leather and garment-making units are being fed by the community or by political parties as businesses are shut, Mobinuddin said. "State reserve police force should be stationed to enforce a total lockdown", he added. He has suggested ration distribution, setting up home kitchens and widespread disinfection as well. A 48-year-old from the hutments was hospitalized with Covid-19 as was a sweeper who works in Dharavi but stays elsewhere. Prior to this, one case has been reported at Shivaji Park and another near Portuguese church. The person did not have foreign travel history. BMC says that by acquiring the hospital, we will be relieved to reduce the burden on other hospitals like Kasturba and KEM, in this hospital, high risk contact patients, who are required to be kept in isolation, will also be able to keep the hospital it has ICU facility, it can also be benefited during emergency.

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