Panvel: Pritam Mhatre, opposition leader in the Panvel City Municipal Corporation, alleged that after his first visit to the India Bulls COVID-19 isolation centre at Kon here on July 2, he had informed the municipal commissioner about grave lapses in the care of patients at the center and sadly in his second visit on July 11 he found that the issues remained un-resolved.

Pritam Mhatre had pointed out that the ambulance ferrying the municipal staff, doctors and patients to and from the centre was not being sanitized after every trip for want of adequate supply of sanitizers. He also alleged that even doctors complained of inadequate supply of medicines and vitamins. Further, he called for deputing more medical personnel, as there were only 4 doctors to look after 506 patients in the 3 buildings being utilized for the Isolation Centre. Also, he alleged that one out of the 4 ambulances was under repair for over a month. There were complaints about the quality of food being served and the delay in serving the breakfast and meals, he alleged.

Stating that there was no vaccine or drug to combat the spread of the pandemic, Pritam insisted that it was imperative to raise the immunity power of the patients through proper diet and medication. Expressing discontent at the prevailing conditions and the callous attitude towards his complaint, Pritam Mhatre once again called upon Sudhakar Deshmukh, the civic chief to address the issues raised and give relief to the suffering patients at the isolation centre.