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COVID-19 crisis: Shiv Sena decides to convert its local offices into clinics

Shiv Sena has nearly 227 'shakhas' in the city and it has decided to collaborate with private doctors to treat patients with diseases other than COVID-19.

COVID-19 crisis: Shiv Sena decides to convert its local offices into clinics
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Shiv Sena has decided to provide its local offices across Mumbai to doctors for treating patients with ailments other than COVID-19. Although private doctors have been asked to open their clinics, they are hardly getting permission to open up in housing societies. 

Keeping in mind the urgent need for doctors ahead of the monsoon season, Shiv Sena will convert its local offices, which are commonly referred to as ‘shakhas’, into temporary clinics in Mumbai. 

The directives to convert ‘shakhas’ into clinics have come from Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The regional party has nearly 227 shakhas in the city and it has decided to collaborate with private doctors to treat patients amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

While talking to Mumbai Live, Shiv Sena leader Pandurang Sakpal said that the patients who come for treatment in ‘shakhas’ will be given free medicine and they will be checked for blood pressure, oxygen levels, temperature, among other things. 

Sakpal, Shiv Sena Vibhag Pramukh from South Mumbai, informed that the party will start a clinic in Chira Bazar on June 3 with the cooperation of the ‘One Rupee Clinic’. The doctors will be available to check patients at ‘shakhas’ daily, he said. 

“Along with the check-ups, we will advise the patients and free medicine will also be given to them. We are starting one clinic in South Mumbai’s Chira Bazar with the help of doctors associated with ‘One Rupee Clinic’,” Sakpal said. 

Dr Rahul Ghule, director of One-Rupee Clinic, told Mumbai Live that they plan to start OPD services in 50 Shiv Sena ‘shakhas’ which will be available for patients from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM every day.

“We are starting our OPD services with Chira Bazar ‘shakha’ in South Mumbai. Since Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that ‘shakhas’ can be used as clinics, we are adjusting the extra resources we have with us,” Dr Ghule said. 

The Shiv Sena ‘shakhas’ will provide free of cost medicine to the patients while doctors will bring their own medical equipment. Ahead of reports of monsoon-related diseases in Mumbai, these ‘shakha’ clinics may reduce the burden of BMC hospitals which have been consumed with COVID-19 patients. 

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