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Initiatives taken by the BMC might be adopted nationally

The measures implemented by the BMC has made the headlines and might soon make it to national guidelines to tackle the pandemic.

Initiatives taken by the BMC might be adopted nationally
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Even though the state of Maharashtra has been hard hit by the novel coronavirus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have something to be proud of. Some of the measures implemented by the civic body has made the headlines and might soon make it to national guidelines to tackle the pandemic effectively.

Initiatives like mobile fever clinics involving private-sector doctors along with a focus on oxygen support beds, door to door survey of the senior citizens are some of the measures that have been praised by the officials. As per BMC officials, conducting frequent check-ups in fever clinics in the slums garnered praise from the centre as it helped the civic body to identify a lot of asymptomatic patients as well. The civic body paired up with local activists to convince the slum dwellers to visit the clinics for check-ups in case there are symptoms of COVID-19.

The BMC had earlier revised its guidelines for testing as well. As per the civic body, the testing of mild, very mild, pre-symptomatic positive patients shall not be required before discharge if no symptoms are seen on the 7th, 8th, and 9th days consecutively. While moderate symptomatic patients need not be tested before discharge if they have recovered clinically, testing is required once in the case of discharge pertaining to critical patients. According to the Public Health Department of the Maharashtra government, the patient doubling rate in the state has increased to 14.7 days on Wednesday as compared to 11.5 days in the previous week.

Furthermore, 12.4 per cent of the total laboratory tests done in India (32,42,160) have been done in Maharashtra. The state has conducted 3,142 tests per million population as against the national average of 2,363 tests per million population. Currently, in Maharashtra, there are 56,954 cases of coronavirus while 34,018 cases have been found in Mumbai only.

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