Maharashtra Government’s Decision To Ban Home Isolation Is Impractical: Pune Mayor

Murlidhar Mohol
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Pune, 25th May 2021: Now that the number of Coronavirus disease (COVID19) positive patients in Pune city is coming under control; the state government has decided to close home isolation in 18 districts of the state which also includes Pune. The decision is not feasible and should be reconsidered, demanded Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol.


He announced the position of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) against the backdrop of the state government’s decision to ban home isolation.


“The number of patients in Pune city is being curtailed efficiently by the administration. PMC is doing well. The state government today decided to close home isolation in 18 districts. This decision is not feasible and needs to be reconsidered by the state government. Now is not the time to make such a decision”, expressed Mohol.


He further said that during the first wave of the corona, patients were found in large numbers in the same area or densely populated areas. So there were difficulties in treatment. With this in mind, Covid Care Centers were set up in many areas by the municipal administration. Many citizens have recovered from there and gone home. But then and now the situation is different. At present more patients are being found in the housing societies. However, it is a fact that most of the patients in this wave had access to home isolation facilities and as a result, such patients were cured at home. He also added that the patients prefer home isolation over institutional quarantine.


“Due to this decision of the state government, Covid Care Center, Quarantine Center will have to be constructed anew. It will cost separate manpower and money. Who will set up the Covid Care Center? There is no clarity on this either. Moreover, if these rules are implemented, it is unlikely to get a response. The citizens’ mentality was different during the first wave of COVID-19 and is now different in the current wave. It is also worth noting that in the second wave, about 80 percent of the patients had opted for home segregation”, claimed Mayor Mohol.

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