The BMC established a Fever Clinic at the Chandramani Buddha Vihar in the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Powai from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday in collaboration with the Buddh Vikas Mandal. Nearly 150 Powai residents have benefited from this social surveillance initiative, having participation from the BMC’s Health Department. Fortunately, none of the patients have been suspected of Covid-19.
Following the closure of private clinics and the rampant fear of Coronavirus, the number of patients suffering from Covid-19 like symptoms, like fever, cold and cough has increased exponentially in the BMC’s hospitals over the past two weeks. This is affecting genuine positive patients and severely crowding those hospitals which are dedicated Coronavirus hospitals, since people with even everyday fever and cold ailments rush there assuming the worse. There have been reports of people rushing directly to Nair, Kasturba, KEM, JJ Hospitals, Cooper and Sion hospitals.
Powai has been particularly gripped by intense fear and tension after 3 positive cases were found in two areas of the suburb, with people having become phobic towards even mild coughing and sneezing. An area near the IIT housing a residential chawl was sealed only last week as a ‘containment zone’ after the discovery of a positive case there. Medical professionals are anticipating ‘community transmission’ where the virus begins spreading between people with no history of recent foreign travel or no contact with a person who has come from abroad.
Keeping this scenario in mind, the BMC started Fever Clinics in Mumbai’s suburbs and city areas. These centres will be organised, especially around the containment areas marked by the civic authorities, where people, who suspect they might have Coronavirus, can undergo preliminary screening, where the doctors will verify if they are suspect cases or qualify them as negative instead of becoming a strain on the already overburdened healthcare infrastructure.
The fever clinic at Powai is manned by Dr Sujiti Thakre of the BMC’s Health Department, along with four other doctors from the Nair Hospital. “Around 150 residents from the IIT area have gotten themselves examined at this clinic,” Bhau Pandagle, president of the Mandal said. “All persons who visited the clinic were suffering with ailments like fever, cough and cold. However there is still no evidence of community transmission so far. People should therefore remain at home except for accessing essential services,” Pandagle added. BVM’s secretary Sanjay Gade and treasurer Arun Wankhede assisted with the operations.