The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday launched ‘Mission Zero’ rapid action plan at Shahaji Raje Bhosale Sports Complex, in a bid to combat coronavirus outbreak situation in the city, which is severely affected by the contagion.
Under the programme, 50 mobile dispensary vans will cover various parts of Mumbai for 2-3 weeks to conduct a preliminary examination of patients.
“BMC launches ‘Mission Zero’ Rapid Action Plan at Shahaji Raje Bhosale Sports Complex, Andheri. 50 mobile dispensary vans will now visit Mulund, Bhandup, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar and Kandivali areas for 2-3 weeks to conduct a preliminary examination of patients,” BMC said.
Meanwhile, State Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray called the new initiative “chase the virus” for worst-affected regions of the city.
“The BMC is launching is “chase the virus” drive for Mulund, Abha duo, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar and Kandivali. Mayor Kishori Pednekar, MC Chahal and as guardian ministers, my colleague MLA Aslam Shaikh and I are doing everything we should for you,” Thackeray tweeted.
The Mayor of Mumbai, Kishori Pednekar, said the Union Ministry of Health had hailed the BMC’s proactive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the city, especially in Dharavi. “The BMC hopes for similar performance in the rest of wards,’’ she noted. Pednekar said the corporation would emphasise the strict implementation of ‘Mission Zero’ to restore normalcy in Greater Mumbai.
The project has been initiated on a Public-Private Partnership basis, and NGOs and organisations like the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana, CREDAI-MCHI, Desh Apanayen and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will also participate.
“In addition to the measures being taken at the ward-level, there appears to be a need to carry out special activities as the infections keep increasing – even in non-slum societies. Hence we have launched Mission Zero. We have already shortlisted the areas in these seven wards which are most affected with the help of local police and have implemented complete lockdown in these areas to start with,” a senior BMC official said.
Till Sunday, the BMC had reported 66,507 COVID-19 cases in the Mumbai.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by the contagion with 1,32,075 cases and 6170 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.