Though Maharashtra is the worst hit state in terms of coronavirus cases, Mumbai’s Dharavi—Asia’s biggest slum has managed to arrest the spread of the deadly infection and is heaping praise from all quarters
Mumbai: Though Maharashtra is the worst hit state in terms of coronavirus cases, Mumbai’s Dharavi—Asia’s biggest slum has managed to arrest the spread of the deadly infection and is heaping praise from all quarters. On Wednesday (October 7) the World Bank praised the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Mumbai's Dharavi, saying its success stemmed from a combination of “customised solutions”, community involvement and perseverance.
With a population of 650,000, Dharavi located in India's commercial capital Mumbai, is spread over an area of 2.5 square kilometres. People living in shanties and dilapidated buildings with narrow lanes and open sewers is a common sight.
The first COVID-19 patient in Dharavi was detected on April 1, nearly three weeks after Mumbai recorded its maiden positive case on March 11.
The Washington-based global lender, in its biennial Poverty and Shared Prosperity report, said that in the space of three months, by July 2020, reported cases in the area had been cut to 20% of their peak in May.
Observing that effective approaches have tapped the skills and dedication of community members, the World Bank said that in Mumbai, city officials were able to stem the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Dharavi, one of the city's largest urban settlements, by mobilising community members and staff from private medical clinics for a strategy based on mass screening for fever and oxygen levels.
To help poor families during the lockdown, foundations, nongovernmental organisations and volunteers provided thousands of households with ration kits.
Dharavi's success stemmed from a combination of “customised solutions, community involvement and perseverance”, it said.
On Tuesday, a Mumbai civic body official said that the COVID-19 tally in Dharavi slum colony rose to 3,280 with the addition of 22 fresh cases.
Of the total 3,280 cases, 2,795 patients have been recovered from the infection, he said, adding that the slum now has 192 active patients.
In July, the World Health Organisation (WHO) also praised the efforts taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in Dharavi, underscoring the need for community engagement along with national unity and global solidarity to turn the pandemic around.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 67.57 lakh with 72,049 new cases in a day, while 57,44,693 people have recuperated so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 85.02% on Wednesday.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 67,57,131, while the death toll climbed to 1,04,555 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 986 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, it said.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected over 35 million people and killed more than 1 million across the world.
The US is the worst affected country with over 7.5 million cases and more than 2,10,000 deaths.
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Last Updated Oct 7, 2020, 5:22 PM IST