Mumbai: Over 6 lakhs in home quarantine, BMC is tasked with ensuring they stay in place | India News
The current number of people in home quarantine is huge compared to those in home quarantine in recent times. A couple of weeks ago, it stood at 3.11 lakh, while in February, the number was 99,000-odd.
Authorities said a large number of people in high-rise apartments who have mild symptoms choose to be isolated at home, as they have a room with a self-contained toilet for themselves. BMC allows home isolation if a patient is asymptomatic, or has mild symptoms, in the case of elderly and comorbid patients without symptoms. It is allowed after evaluation by a physician assistant in consultation with the patient’s family physician.
However, in recent times the issue of home quarantine has proven to be complicated, as it is difficult to keep an eye on those in quarantine and ensure that they do not sneak out, as has been seen in some cases.
BMC officials said that a routine call is made to those in home isolation to verify their health. “In many cases, we have also informed the secretary or president of the housing society about floors where there are patients in home quarantine so that they can seal it and those patients do not leave,” said a civic official.
Bandra’s Asif Zakaria corporate said that asymptomatic people or even those with mild symptoms prefer home quarantine.
However, the BMC official also noted that they do receive complaints from patients in home quarantine who are withdrawn. “Sometimes when we consult with the patient, they tell us that the person left for a blood test or to visit the doctor,” the official said.
On April 5, a BMC ciruclar had stated that police personnel would be deployed at the entrance of the building. He added that the housing society officials would be responsible for sealing the patient’s apartment during the quarantine period.
A society that has multiple patients in home quarantine must post a board on the door, inform visitors of the situation, and refuse entry. In case of non-compliance, the company must pay a fine.
In the past, there have been cases in which members of housing cooperatives have hinted to the BMC about the discovery of people who disobey the rules of home quarantine. On March 1, the BMC had registered a crime at the Chembur police station against a 37-year-old Covid-positive patient. who was found moving. “By doing this, patients who must be quarantined at home put not only their own lives at risk, but also the lives of those around them,” said a BMC official. “A resident of that housing society had informed us about the movement of the patient.”
The BMC has also seized several hotels, SRA buildings, civic buildings and turned them into institutional quarantine centers. In the case of cases originating from slums or patients living in small houses, the BMC has placed those people in institutional quarantine. In Dharavi, for example, the BMC has converted a seven-story SRA building into an institutional quarantine and so far almost three floors of the building house patients. Dharavi currently has more than 900 active Covid cases.