While the second wave of Covid expansion shook the country, Dharavi has repeatedly held back the ‘Dharavi model’ followed by the Covid defense in the first wave. In the last two days, three and four Covid cases were reported in Dharavi, which reported 99 cases per day in April, when the disease spread.
Currently, only 50 people are being treated in Dharavi. Of the 6802 cases reported, 6398 were cured. The densely populated Dharavi Covid has been blocked in the nearby Dadar and Mahim areas with 204 and 254 active cases respectively. Since Covid reported in April 2020, 354 people have died of Covid infection in Dharavi so far.
The second wave of Covid outbreaks has been raging in Mumbai since February. In mid-February, cases were also registered in Dharavi. As the number of cases gradually increased to 99 daily on April 8, the municipal authorities decided to re-implement the Dharavi model, which was hailed by even the World Health Organization. Tracking, Tracking, Testing, and Treating The Dharavi model is a combination of these four ‘Ts’.
‘Although the spread of the virus was low in December 2020 and early January 2021, we continued to conduct a thorough investigation and monitoring of cases in Dharavi. With the second wave of Covid expansion affecting Dharavi in February, we reactivated the Dharavi model. ‘ Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G-North Ward, said.
Dighavkar says house-to-house inspections of people with symptoms, regular monitoring and inspection of people working in different parts of Mumbai in Dharavi, regular check-ups of residents in Dharavi, and inspection of delivery workers and industrial workers have helped to greatly reduce the spread of Covid.
Dharavi has a population of 6.5 lakhs. That’s 2,27,136 people per square kilometer. Therefore, it is difficult for Dharavi to maintain social distance.
Apart from being overcrowded, Dharavi also has several small leather, pottery, and textile manufacturing units. There are 5,000 GST registered enterprises and 15,000 one-room factories in the area. BMC, an international export hub, has an annual turnover of US $ 1 billion, according to data.
The first Covid case will be reported on April 1, 2020, in Dharavi. Then 20 days later the first Covid case was reported in Mumbai. Gradually Dharavi became a Covid hotspot.
Last year, with the support of private doctors and the community, the local government was able to bring Covid cases to justice. The biggest challenge BMC faced was ensuring cleanliness. About 80 percent of the slum dwellers relied on 450 toilets. BMC cleaned the toilets three times a day to control the spread of the disease.
Although Dharavi was able to capture the second wave, the authorities were not ready to reduce the vigilance. BMC has decided to continue testing at 11 fever clinics and mobile testing units.
‘We are not prepared to take precautionary measures and reduce the number of cases. We will continue this till the day when not a single case is reported in Dharavi. ‘ Dighavkar said. Authorities are trying to expedite the vaccination of Covid in Dharavi. So far, 27,000 people have been vaccinated here.