Inform COVID-related deaths within 48 hours, or face action: Chahal warns hospitals

ST Staff
Friday, 19 June 2020

This decision was taken as hospitals have previously shown lethargy in reporting COVID-related deaths.

Mumbai: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal has warned hospitals in the city to strictly follow guidelines and inform the civic authorities of COVID-related deaths within 48 hours. If any hospital fails to abide by this rule, strict action will be taken against them under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, Chahal has said.

The number of COVID-positive patients in Mumbai is increasing every day and the death count is also increasing. The BMC is taking all preventive and precautionary measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the city. Along with these measures, accurate and time-bound reporting of COVID-19 cases is also important for the effective management practices during an epidemic.

The BMC on June 8 had made it mandatory for hospitals to report any death due to COVID-19 to the civic authorities within 48 hours. Hospitals in Mumbai city have previously shown lethargy in reporting the number of deaths due to COVID-19 to the BMC officials. Agitated over the hospitals' approach, Chahal said it was the last warning to the hospitals.

BMC has now made it clear that those hospitals violating these orders will have to face stern action under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. On Thursday (June 18) the number of COVID-positive patients in the city went up to a total of 1 lakh 20 thousand 504. Single-day death count on Thursday was reported to be 100 while in Bhiwandi 27 patients have reportedly died due to COVID-19.

Earlier, around 90 cases were reported daily from the Dharavi slum area, but on Wednesday (June 17) only 17 cases were reported. The total number of cases in Dharavi has gone up to 2106. The fatality rate in Dharavi is also decreasing. According to the data released by the BMC, a total of 1053 patients have recovered from COVID-19. All patients admitted at the isolation centre of municipality school in Dharavi have been discharged. Thus, all beds and other equipment in the school has been shifted. BMC has also sanitised the entire school premises.

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