nformal settlements are experiencing a greater surge in COVID-19 cases than other urban neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India. In this article for The Conversation, the author writes about how Shivaji Nagar residents, supported by Apnalaya, adopted their own measures to counter the pandemic.
Month: May 2020
Discrepancies in the screening of high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients in some of Mumbai’s most congested areas have become a cause for concern, as they could lead to further spread of infection. In conversation with Hindustan Times, Arun Kumar says that as people with weak immunity or compromised lungs are most susceptible to Covid-19, it is important to isolate them immediately to break the chain of infection,
Apnalaya raised funds for insurance cover to its volunteers, who go from door to door distributing ration. Arun Kumar speaks to The Hindu, about how we didn’t “feel right” about the fact that while we were safe in our homes, our volunteers were out there, risking everything. “All our staffers have medical cover.”
Stemming the spread of the pandemic in the city’s slums and congested areas is turning to be one of biggest challenges for the state and city administration. Arun Kumar tells Hindustan Times there is an urgent need to recognise that different pockets or wards of the city are differently equipped to handle the challenges thrown up by the pandemic.
n this Hindustan Times article, Arun Kumar says that we need a granular strategy which is basically a different for different areas. “There are only two hospitals here that are overburdened with Covid-19 cases to an extent where they had to shut the OPDs. Patients are being turned away in a ward that has had a health crisis for years.”