Mumbai’s residential societies converted into Isolation ward for Covid-19 patients

A letter from the office of Gopal Shetty, Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament, got viral on WhatsApp last week. The politician from the North Mumbai Parliamentary constituency—which covers Borivali, Kandivali, Dahisar, Charkop, Magathane and Malad, requested Mumbaikars to form isolation centres in their respective residential societies, in the area where its temporarily unused such as the clubhouse, gyms and refuge floors.

Vishwadeep Heights Society in Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali West, inaugurated a two-bed isolation facility at their gymnasium on 7 June. It equipped itself with all the necessary care to take care of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients, who have been advised home quarantine.

The isolation facility in Kandivali has two fowler beds that are adjustable. disposable bed sheets, oxygen cylinder with full kit, PPE kits, infrared thermometer, pulse oximeter, hand sanitiser, N-95 masks and essentials like bins for safely disposing of biomedical waste. Committee member Nilesh Vyas says it cost about Rs50,000 to set it up.

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