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Urgently set up isolation centres: PCMC to residential housing societies

The civic administration has also issued guidelines for establishing isolation centres.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 26, 2021 10:32:12 pm
The PCMC on Monday directed the cooperative residential societies spread across the length and breadth of the industrial city to set up isolation centres in their respective club houses. (Express Photo)

Even as over 15,000 Covid-19 patients are in home isolation in the industrial city, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has directed residential housing societies to urgently set up isolation centres to contain the virus’s spread.

The PCMC on Monday directed the cooperative residential societies across the industrial city to set up isolation centres in their respective club houses, vacant flats or on open spaces within the society premises. The civic administration has also issued guidelines for establishing isolation centres.

“As Covid-19 cases are rising, the PCMC administration is taking all measures to curb the virus’s spread. Though most of the patients are in home isolation, the possibility of their relatives and neighbours getting infected cannot be ruled out. Such patients should be kept in isolation. Therefore, the cooperative housing societies should take immediate steps to set up isolation centres in their clubhouses. They should provide bed, toilets and make arrangements for meal for the patients,” Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said in his directives.

Civic activist Sachin Godambe said, “The PCMC administration apparently does not know around 80 per cent of the residential societies have no clubhouses. The PCMC should allow isolation centres in the vacant spots within the society premises.”

When asked about this, the PCMC chief said, “It is not necessary that isolation centres should be set up in clubhouses only. Isolation centres can come up in vacant flats or rooms located within the society premises. Also, makeshift isolation centres can be set up on open spaces if the society feels so.”

The objective, the commissioner said, is to isolate patients and contain the spread of the virus. “If a home-isolated patient stays with his family, the possibility of other members getting infected cannot be ruled out. Therefore, separate isolation centres will help curb the virus’s spread,” he said.

Here are the PCMC guidelines for setting up of the isolation centres

(1) Isolation centres should be set up in clubhouses.

(2) The centres are meant only for patients who asymptomatic, those with mild symptoms and the Covid-19 suspects. Civic officials said suspects are those whose test reports are awaited.

(3) This facility should not be available to children below 10 years of age.

(4) The centres should not admit patients with comorbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney ailment, heart disease and other serious diseases.

(5) Societies should ensure that Covid-19 suspects and Covid-positive patients are not kept together.

(6) The centres should have separate entry and exit points.

(7) Each bed should be three feet away from the other.

(8) Separate toilet facility should be available for Covid-positive patients.

(9) Patients should use triple layer mask.

(10) Caretakers will keep constant watch on the patients. The caretakers should sanitise their hands regularly.

(11) Patients admitted at the isolation centres should not visit their homes, parks or other places.

12) CCTV cameras should be installed to monitor the patients’ movements.

(13) Patients should be provided disposal plates for meal.

14) Patients should be admitted to hospitals in case they have breathing trouble, their oxygen level drops, they have mental confusion, feel pain in chest, feel weakness or their lips and face turn blue.

(15) Bio-medical waste should be disposed of with the help of a hospital.

(16) Civic hospital doctors should check the isolation centres twice a day.

(17) The society should keep the nearest PCMC hospital updated about the isolation centre.

In another decision, the PCMC has launched an app, Me Jababdar – PCMC to provide information about beds in civic and private hospital beds. The app will also provide contact numbers of the hospital.

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