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PCMC forms surveillance squads to monitor Covid patients who are in home isolation

The surveillance squads have been appointed at eight zonal office-levels and will include PMPML workers and civic teachers.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: May 5, 2021 9:25:54 pm
The ruling party, BJP in Pimpri-Chinchwad, has also strongly opposed the merger. (File Photo)

While the number of Covid-19 patients who are in home isolation has been hovering between 13,000-15,000 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the municipal corporation has set up surveillance squads to monitor such patients. The squads comprising nearly 500 PMPML workers and civic teachers have been appointed at eight zonal offices.

In a directive issued on Tuesday, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has also warned that those violating home isolation guidelines will face police complaints. The warning has been specifically issued to housing societies. The directives said the surveillance squads will have one teacher or a clerk, one employee and one para-medical staff.

“After local residents… have been tested in civic hospitals, they should be admitted either in Covid care centres or be isolated at home, depending on their symptoms,” said the civic chief.

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Patil said the squads should ensure that patients in home isolation have a separate room and bathroom. “Only when the squad is satisfied that the patient has these facilities, he or she should be allowed home isolation. The patient should also have a home-isolation stamp on their hand,” said the civic chief.

“The remaining patients should be taken to Covid care centres. A PMPML bus should be used for the purpose,” he said. PCMC has set up 22 Covid care centres in different parts of the city.

The surveillance squads have also been tasked with monitoring containment zones. “Stickers and boards should be put up declaring the area as containment zones. Cooperative society chairman and secretary should be alerted… they should be told to ensure that home-isolated patients do not roam outside. The squads should create awareness in the area… if the guidelines are violated, police complaints should be filed in such cases,” said the commissioner.

Meanwhile, nurses who had boycotted work on Monday at New Bhosari Hospital joined duty later in the day after MLA Mahesh Landge intervened in the matter. The nurses had boycotted work as they were getting a lower salary, which was also delayed.

Landge had taken up the issue with the PCMC administration. “I will ensure that you get your salaries on time,” Landge assured the nurses.

A PCMC spokesperson said, “The nurses have been appointed on temporary basis for three months. They did not get their salaries as Saturday and Sunday were holidays. Their salaries were deposited in their accounts on Tuesday.”

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