Coronavirus Pandemic: Fire brigade begins disinfecting BMC hospitals

Coronavirus Pandemic: Fire brigade begins disinfecting BMC hospitals

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Maharashtra government are taking all the measures to fight back the CVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure that the hospitals and markets remain sanitised, the firemen have been entrusted with this task 

The first priority in this was given to the hospitals that are being used quarantine facilities. Apart from this, a slum in eastern suburbs where a house help had tested positive was also sanitised in this drive.

Mumbai Fire Brigade also sanitised major civic fruit and vegetable markets at Null Bazar, Grant Road, Byculla, Dadar, Ghatkopar, Khar, Andheri, Borivali and Mulund.  These markets are mostly bustling with people and most times one is unable to set foot in the place but currently, they have been asked to keep their shutters down.

The Chief Fire Officer P S Rahangdale had issued an order for sanitisation of municipal hospitals, ward offices and civic headquarters urgently on March 23. The process is being carried out using quick response vehicles (QRVs) and the teams are spraying a sodium hypochlorite, which is diluted with water.

"We are using Quick Response vehicle to spray disinfectant sodium hydrochloride solution diluted in water. Priority will be given to quarantine facilities to disinfect so that spread restricted," said Prabhat Rahangdale, Chief fire officer of Mumbai Fire Brigade to Mumbai Live. 

In the wake of Coronavirus outbreak, the work of sanitation of Municipal Hospital is undertaken jointly by BMC Solid Waste Management and Mumbai fire brigade. We have been told that this operation will continue for the coming few days and BMC is planning to sanitize all community and public toilets in crowded areas as they are most prone to virus. 

This is indeed a great initiative by Mumbai Fire Department and BMC and is also a timely one. We feel that they should continue these sanitization drives in the future too.