Belapur: A more effective implementation of “Mission Break the Chain” has been initiated by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, in view of the daily increasing number of Corona victims. Municipal Commissioner Abhijeet Bangar, keeping a close eye on the day-to-day situation and planning co-ordinated preventive measures in regular interaction with all concerned, convened an urgent meeting on March 31 and directed prompt action to curb the growing prevalence of COVID-19.

For this, departmental level coordinating officers have been appointed for all the eight departments and through them the measures to control the pandemic are being implemented and monitored.

 The Commissioner directed to pay special attention to the management of the containment areas and contact tracing of the corona victims to curb the growing spread of covid.

In this, the responsibility of the management of the containment zones having been placed on the assistant commissioner and ward officer of the concerned ward, they have to implement required restrictions in three categories, as per the guidelines of the containment zones and the local conditions. After determining the category of containment zone, based on the number of patients, the ward officer has been instructed to prepare a war room at the ward level and regularly monitor its functioning and specify the responsibility of various works of the concerned employees to put up banners, sanitizing and managing the zone with the police department.

The responsibility of ensuring that the person quarantined in the house does not leave the house should be fixed on the society office bearers. The commissioner issued strict orders that the hand of the person quarantined in the house should be stamped and if the quarantined person leaves the house, he should be legally charged for the criminal offence.

Similarly, the commissioner directed all the medical officers of the urban health centres to take action to increase the number of contact tracing of corona infections from 25 persons to more than 30. The commissioner also pointed out that after finding such persons, it is important to manage them properly and pay close attention to them.

A coordinating officer having been appointed by the corporation for each COVID treatment centre of the corporation and private hospital giving COVID treatment, the Commissioner instructed that the said officers should keep track of the availability of beds in the centre/hospital allocated to them and strictly ensure that the availability of beds is regularly updated on the corporation’s availability of beds dashboard.

The Commissioner suggested that every private hospital should also appoint a coordinating officer for their hospital and the two coordinating officers should be in touch with each other to ensure that the citizens do not face any problem regarding the availability of beds and other matters. In particular, it was suggested to take regular information about the health condition of the patients undergoing treatment in the ICU ward of the hospital and to be vigilant about the management of the beds there.

The Commissioner directed that prompt action should be taken to set up a call centre at CIDCO Exhibition Centre and the helpline number should be announced as soon as possible to make the citizens aware about the availability of beds for COVID treatment. In view of the increasing number of patients, the Commissioner directed the Department of Engineering and Health to expedite the process of immediately reopening the COVID Care Centres, which were temporarily closed.

 The commissioner suggested that the test reports are being received from the RT-PCR lab of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation within 24 hours and should continue to do so without fail. He also directed that all the labs should be instructed to give the test report within 24 hours.

Given the growing number of corona afflicted, it is imperative that some of the restrictions issued by the corporation be strictly adhered to. Regular use of masks to prevent the spread of corona, keeping a safe distance from each other as well as frequent hand washing or use of sanitizer are the three shields of protection against corona. Therefore, the citizens should strictly abide by the Corona safety rules, appealed Abhijeet Bangar.