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Mumbai City News Dharavi Strategy To Combat COVID-19 Is Working So Well That Philippines Will Now Emulate It

Mumbai City News Dharavi Strategy To Combat COVID-19 Is Working So Well That Philippines Will Now Emulate ItMumbai City News

The BMC’s ‘Chase the Virus’ technique in Dharavi has discovered a brand new fan within the Philippines authorities because it battles COVID-19, a prime official stated as per a report in IANS. 

“The Philippines government will follow and implement the Dharavi Model for containing COVID in densely populated slums,” BMC Municipal Commissioner I.S. Chahal stated whereas talking to IANS. 

It has already given particulars of its coverage to the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH). 

A information portal, Inquirer.web has quoted the Philippines DOH which declared that it might observe the Dharavi-Mumbai marketing campaign conceptualized by BMC’s Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavkar which earned all spherical reward. 


The Philippines, with a inhabitants of round 10.1 crore crammed in an space of practically 2.98 lakh sq.km, is barely smaller than Maharashtra with 3.07 lakh sq. km space and a inhabitants near 11.5 crore. 

However, the archipelagic nation at present ranks twenty second on the Corona Worldometer with 169,213 instances and a couple of,687 fatalities in comparison with Maharashtra’s 604,358 instances and 20,265 deaths. 

Mumbai City News Situation in Mumbai

Like Mumbai, round 30-lakh folks reside in congested slums in Manila, in addition to different cities within the Philippines. 

The excessive inhabitants density of Dharavi posed an enormous problem to the BMC and state well being authorities to sort out the Corona unfold. 

Civic officers stated that town succeeded in attaining what was earlier thought-about nearly a “mission impossible”, especially in Dharavi, earning the BMC and Maharashtra government a pat from the World Health Organisation in early July. 


Chahal stated that because of its technique, there are solely 17,704 ‘energetic instances’ in Mumbai, of which round 5,338 symptomatic sufferers are at present in hospitals. 

The metropolis – which final week got here right down to the second worst-hit metropolis (after Pune district moved to the highest slot) by way of Covid instances – is witnessing a median of lower than 1,000 new instances each day, the restoration fee is 80 %, doubling fee of instances is 86 days, and an infection fee is 0.8 % – among the many lowest wherever. 

The scenario has eased to the extent that since late June, the BMC began shifting out of Dharavi, and later shut down a number of small or medium quarantine services within the metropolis. 

Patients at the moment are being referred to the jumbo services at NSCI, Mahalaxmi Race Court, Bandra Kurla Complex and in Dahisar and Mulund to make sure centralised care. 


Amid apprehensions of patients unable to get beds, the present mattress energy is 16,075 for sophisticated or severe instances, 23,437 for delicate and asymptomatic sufferers in addition to 10,525 oxygen beds, 1,844 ICU beds and 1,096 ventilator beds. 

Of these, practically 14,548 are vacant, however prepared for operationalisation each time required, in addition to 330 vacant in ICUs, giving a really snug place, stated Chahal. 

Buoyed by the success of the ‘Chase the Virus’ sport, the state authorities is now implementing it in Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Pune, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nashik, Jalgaon and different upcoming hotspots even because the Mumbai Corona disaster has virtually been ‘chased’ away.

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