Pune: The biggest wholesale medicine market located at the heart of the City, Sadashive Peth, resumed all its operations on Monday after three days of complete shutdown.
The Pune Chemists Association had announced three day shutdown in the market since Friday after as many as 37 persons working in the market were tested positive to coronavirus. These included a few shop workers, three shop owners and their family members. The Chemists Association, thereafter, had taken a decision to shut the market for three days and get it sanitized.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Pune Chemist Association of Pune District Secretary Vijay Changedia said, "After three days the market has been reopened except for the three shops. We are taking all necessary precautions and also are strictly following the social distancing norms."
"There are 150 wholesale shops in market. The situation has affected the business," he added.
Immediate Action Taken
Supply chain of medicines in the city had not affected during the lockdown as all medical stores have been working from day one of the lockdown. This was the first instance that so many positive cases were found in city’s medicines market. After finding positive cases in the area, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) immediately had embarked upon contact tracing since the workers and shop-owners come from different parts of city.
Sadashiv Peth houses one of prime wholesale markets of medicines and medical equipments in the city. More than 350 retailers or their representatives and delivery persons involved in medicines supply chain visit Sadashiv Peth market every day from various parts of the city, it was stated.
"Currently all the patients tested positive to coronavirus have been admitted at different private hospitals," Said PMC chief Medical officer Dr Ramchandra Hankare.
According to a PMC officer, "The civic health department collected samples of swabs of some of the shop-owners and workers in the market after one of the workers was tested positive. Subsequent tests confirmed that two shop-owners and three counter workers were positive patients. They were immediately hospitalised. During contact tracing, some more workers and their family members were traced and tested. Of these test reports of 13 persons were found negative. The number rose after a few other traders and workers who had got themselves tested at private diagnostic centres were found positive."
"Till the date, around 70 persons have been tested. Of the 63 test reports received so far 37 have been positive. Seven more reports are awaited," the officer added.