█ Hours after a Charkop man tested Covid positive, his neighbours decided he’ll not remain away from his family

At a time when many housing societies are shunning Covid-19 patients, even after they’ve recovered, here’s one which is showing the way on how to deal with such a situation – with a bit of human touch.

After a resident tested positive in Amisha Apartments at Section 8 in Charkop, the society decided to convert their office into an isolation facility. The patient, who works in a 5-star hotel, lives in the society with his parents, wife and four-month-old baby in a 1 BHK with a common bathroom. He developed a fever last Monday and got himself tested at Cooper Hospital. His test results turned positive on Saturday morning. When the managing committee of the society got to know, they decided to isolate him in the society office instead of moving him to a BMC facility as he was mildly symptomatic. They removed all the furniture and converted the office, which has an attached bathroom, to an isolation room.

Secretary of Amisha Apartments, Manu Patel, said, “The BMC doctors visit for check-ups. The infected patient is recovering faster and is assured that his loved one is within reach. Moreover, he gets home cooked food. We have hired a staffer who wears PPE kit and we have kept a table outside where his meals and other requirements are kept.”

“Disposable plates and glasses are used and disposed of separately. Medicine are provided from time to time along with sanitiser and disinfectants,” said Patel. He added that the society is bearing the cost on this extra staff and security. “The family is also reassured that the patient is well taken care of,” said Patel.

Last week, local MP Gopal Shetty from North Mumbai parliamentary constituency in Borivali, Dahisar, Charkop, Kandivali, Magathane and Malad had urged residents to set up isolation centres in their society premises in unused areas like the clubhouse, gyms and refuge floors.

On June 7, Vishwadeep Heights Society in Kandivali west had inaugurated a two bed isolation facility in their gymnasium which has PPE kits, sanitisers, N-95 maks,pulse oximeter, infra red thermometer and even separate bins for biomedical waste.

Quarantine Facility constructed at Dahisar’s Octrai Naka

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