COVID-19 Management: Dharavi Model

Dharavi is a slum located in the city of Mumbai. Since, April 2021 Dharavi has reported around 100 Covid-19 positive cases regularly. But, in the last few days, the number of cases reported in Dharavi is gradually declining. According to the health officials the Dharavi model of COVID-19 management and vaccination drives around the slum area have helped in containing second wave of the COVID-19 virus affecting the slum.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, the Dharavi slum which is compactly spread across 2.5 sq. kilometres and located on the border of Mumbai has reported three and four cases in last two days respectively. This has been reported even though Mumbai is witnessing daily Coronavirus positive cases in the amount of four digits. Dharavi slums have reported a total number of 6,802 COVID-19 patients, 6,398 out of the reported numbers have recovered while 354 have died.

Dharavi is a congested slum where due to families of 8-10 members living in much closed spaces, it is not possible to maintain social distancing, hence, the Dharavi Model played a very crucial role during the pandemic.

Dharavi Model

Rise in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic caused the BMC civic authorities to re-initiate the famous Dharavi model. This model involves the usage of 4Ts which stands for

  • tracing
  • tracking
  • testing
  • treating

The Dharavi Model strategy had also received praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This model was reactivated in the month of February, 2021 the second wave of the COVID-19 started. Under this model, Door to door screening of the people living in the slums and exhibiting symptoms of the virus is conducted along with regular screening and aggressive testing.

About Maharashtra

Capital: Mumbai

Chief Minister: Uddhav Bal Thackeray

Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari

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