Former Maharashtra CM and current Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis along with others during COVID-19 review meeting held at Nagpur Municipal Corporation headquarters
Former Maharashtra CM and current Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis during a review meeting held at Nagpur Municipal Corporation headquarters on Monday stated that testing should be increased in the city to contain the spread of the virus and to avoid COVID-19 related deaths.
The meeting, which was held to review measures taken by NMC to control COVID-19 in the city, was attended by Mayor Sandeep Joshi, Former Guardian Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule, Former Minister of State Dr Parinay Fuke, MLA Sameer Meghe, MLC Praveen Datke, Deputy Mayor Manisha Kothe, Standing Committee chairman Vijay Zalke, Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, Additional Commissioners Jalaj Sharma and Ram Joshi, Sanjay Nipane, Medical Health Officer Dr Yogendra Sawai, among others.
During the meeting Fadnavis exclaimed that while COVID-19 spread was in control and death toll was low during the initial days of the outbreak in the city, the number, both in terms of deaths and cases, has increased substantially in the last two months. Fadnavis said that arrangements needs to done to examine 5,000 patients to control COVID-19 spread.
Speaking about COVID-19 treatment, Fadnavis said that COVID-19 care centers and hospitals should be equipped with oxygenated beds for the large number of patients and positive patients in isolation at home shpuld be advised by doctors through video conferencing. Fadnavis also said that NGOs can play an active role to help contain spread of the virus.
Speaking about the initiatives being taken by NMC, Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said that emphasis is being laid on tracing, testing and treatment to control the spread of virus in the city. Mundhe added that the increase in number of patients and deaths began after lockdown relxations were given as part of Mission Begin Again.
Mundhe informed that at present 3,000 citizens are being tested for COVID-19 every day. Keeping in mind the drastic increase in cases, efforts are being made to set up a comprehensive system to deal with future situations. Senior citizens, specially-abled and COVID-19 patients are being counseled with the help of NGOs. Mundhe said that so far over 70,000 citizens have been tested and out of them 11894 patients have tested positive.
Mayor Sandeep Joshi said that the corporation system needs to be strengthened to control COVID-19 spread. Joshi suggested to implement ‘Aurangabad pattern’ in the city to achieve the same.
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