Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to conduct COVID-19 test to homes

The corporation aims to ease the burden on Kasturba Hospital, prevent more infections The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will provide at-home COVID-19 testing services to ease the strain on Kasturba Hospital, where dozens of people with flu-like symptoms are waiting.

by Nithiya

Updated: Apr 09, 2020 12:22 IST

Tags: India Corona
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COVID19 tests will be done at home

When the doctor has recommended the patient to undergo an examination, the BMC or the associated private hospitals will be collecting the sample from the patient's home.

Kasturba Hospital is the city's only public hospital for infectious diseases. As of Friday, there were 3,682 people in the COVID-19 outpatient clinic. Private practitioners refer 60 percent of patients to the hospital without considering their history of travel. Patients also come to get screened themselves. Doctors on the front line argue that these referrals place patients at unnecessary risk.

Commissioner of Municipality Praveen Pardeshi said that the BMC would launch a home-test facility in the near future.

"The van is established by all private laboratories or hospitals registered under the NIV, Pune. "We have a dedicated helpline established," he said. When someone thinks that they have COVID19 symptoms, a team of municipal doctors or those who have extended support to BMC will take a swab, and if the physicians believe that their case is justified, they are called to help. "The patient shall be moved into the isolation center if the sample results are positive."


With no international flights landing in town, the BMC will receive help from the 40 doctors discharged from the airport duty. 

"At the Kasturba Hospital, 800 people are in the queue, while 100 COVID-19 patients have to look at them," Mr. Pardeshi said. The doctors were also poisoned in Italy, he said, and their hospital system collapsed. "Everybody is exposed when patients come to a hospital. The sample from your home is then collected by a person who is wearing protective equipment.

He said this would reduce the charge in Kasturba and discourage people from being transported to the hospital. The facility is also used for gathering swab samples of those in or in near contact with home quarantine.

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