Pune: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal schooled Pune district administration officers on Friday on several issues like an increasing number of COVID tests, effective contact tracing, an increasing number of hospitals and beds and proper management of hospitals, doctors and medical staff. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has stayed put in Pune city to bring the COVID-19 situation under control and is constantly monitoring the developments.
Miffed over Pune district administration's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, Deputy CM Pawar had earlier questioned why they can't bring the coronavirus outbreak situation in Pune under control when a densely populated city like Mumbai and especially Dharavi slum can do it. On Friday, Pawar brought Commissioner Chahal to Pune and asked him to 'guide' the Pune administration officers for bringing the COVID-19 cases count under control at the earliest.
Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Special Officer Saurabh Rao, State Settlement Commissioner S Chockalingam, District Collector Naval Kishor Ram, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Resident Deputy Collector Dr Jayashree Katare were present for the meeting.
Chahal said, "Pune needs to increase the number of COVID-19 tests conducted daily and also an effective implementation of contact tracing. Administration officials should focus on increasing the number of hospitals and beds available for patients. Also, proper planning and management of hospitals, doctors and medical staff should be done."
After Chahal advised the officers, Pawar instructed all officials to immediately implement his suggestions. Pawar said, "Mumbai has managed to bring the cases down and Pune should also be able to do it. We should ensure that in any case the outbreak would not continue and the situation is brought under control as soon as possible. For that to happen, planning and management are important. To ensure that new patient count does not increase, we need to ensure effective implementation of precautionary measures. Citizens in institutional quarantine should be provided with all possible facilities."