Coronavirus Pandemic: Haffinke Institute To Start Testing From Today
In a bid to reduce the load on Kasturba Hospital, Haffinke Institute in Parel has also started a testing centre from today i.e. Thursday, March 19. Moreover, the State Government even announced that King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Parel will also be used as a testing centre. Plans were chalked out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and State Government to set up another testing centre at JJ Hospital.
Kasturba Hospital and KEM would jointly conduct 300 tests per day. KEM started testing on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and the tests were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for re-confirmation. Apart from this, the team has also planned to prepare isolation wards in 12 private hospitals, and the list includes Jaslok, Reliance, Fortis, Lilavati and Bombay Hospital. These private hospitals will work as per the guidelines laid down by BMC to treat COVID-19 patients. Earlier the government had ensured that a 300-bed facility is ready at Mumbai's Seven Hills Hospital.
More than a 100 beds have been arranged and kept in isolation wards at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, KB Bhabha Hospital in Bandra, KB Bhabha Municipal Hospital in Kurla and Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care in Jogeshwari.
Additionally, 24 health teams consisting of six members are deployed at every ward to monitor patients who may show symptoms of Coronavirus. Several teams will be deployed at the international airport and railway stations to monitor the situation around the clock.
Here's the list of quarantined locations:
- Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI)-Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) has been tasked with identifying and designating 4-5 ideal buildings as quarantine locations if required.
- The MCGM Centre for Municipal Capacity Building and Research (MCMCR) building at Chandivali, Powai is yet another spot being prepared for quarantine in case of an emergency.