Mumbai Police gets its own sanitization van


Mumbai Police gets its own sanitization van
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected Maharashtra the most with 1,367 cases being reported. A lockdown has been imposed to curb the spread of the virus and everyone barring those engaged in essential services have been asked to venture out only if necessary. The police personnel and the doctors are fighting the pandemic by being on the front line. While the doctors have the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the police personnel have no such protective gear. On top of it, they have to be constantly on the streets and on the move to ensure that people are following the orders and all they have protection is a mask.

This van aims to address that issue and will try and mitigate the risks that these policemen face. On Thursday, Mumbai Police Commissioner Paramabir Singh himself inspected this van and how it functions.

This comes after India's first-ever mobile sanitation unit was deployed in Pune keeping in mind the health of the police personnel. The van has been named Sanjivani and can be used by health professionals as well.

The policemen are monitoring the streets of Mumbai 24x7 and are making sure that people do not flout the lockdown rules. However, while doing so, they face a danger from the novel coronavirus. To ensure that they are not infected in the process, Mumbai Police has deployed its first-ever mobile sanitisation van. How it works is that the police personnel have to step into the van and a liquid will be sprayed on them. In just ten seconds, a police officer will be able to come out and get back to work.

Currently, only one van has been deployed. But Mumbai Police plans to deploy five more vans in five of the most-affected areas of the city. All of this will take place under the first phase of the sanitisation drive. If needed, Mumbai Police will dispatch more Sanjivani vans in other zones of Mumbai.

So far, three Mumbai Police officers have been tested positive for the virus. Earlier, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had distributed masks, gloves, and other equipment among the officers to ensure their safety amid the pandemic.

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