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BMC sets up 30-bed COVID care facility for Mumbai Fire Brigade employees

The move comes in the wake of the fire brigade losing one of its personnel on Sunday of suspected COVID-19.

BMC sets up 30-bed COVID care facility for Mumbai Fire Brigade employees
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After as many as 29 Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) officers tested positive for COVID-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up a COVID Care Centre 2 (CCC2) for the fire brigade officials and staff. The CCC2 facility will look after asymptomatic positive patients and those with mild symptoms. The 30-bed facility has been set up at Mumbai Fire Brigade's Byculla Command Centre.

The move comes in the wake of the fire brigade losing one of its personnel on Sunday of suspected COVID-19. Fireman Umesh Gonga was suspected to have contracted coronavirus and was denied admission at JJ Hospital on Saturday. Unfortunately, he passed away on Sunday, just a few hours after he was rushed there again.

Gonga was involved in fumigation work and is the first casualty from Mumbai Fire Brigade. The deceased was on a leave since May 16 after he was detected with typhoid. Later, he suffered from diarrhoea and fever on Saturday. After which, his family took him to JJ Hospital where he was denied admission and was sent back home by the doctors after prescribing typhoid medicines. On Sunday, as he suffered from high fever, his relatives took him to JJ Hospital again. The doctors carried out an ECG and X-ray and then put him in oxygen support but he passed away within hours.

Chief Fire officer PS Rahangdale said, “These 30 beds will cater only to our staff who get infected while on duty. If required, we will also set up another 20-bed facility.”

According to Rahangdale, the facility will help them with early detection in case any staff member or officer reports mild symptoms and they can isolate them to curb the spread. He added that the majority of their staff lived in clusters or in staff quarters which is a risk for them and their families. They are also planning to set up similar centres in places like Marol and Borivali if need be.

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