‘Mission Zero Pune’ to make the city COVID-free launched

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Pune, August 8, 2020: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Pune Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar launched the ‘Mission Zero Pune’ on Friday. The mission has been launched aiming to make Pune a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) free city. The minister stated that citizens should work together as a community to curb the spread of the pandemic. This mission is jointly supported by Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

BJS’s national president Shantilal Mutha stated that the organisation had implemented this mission in Dharavi and Malegaon to find out COVID infected patients in the locality. He informed that through mobile hospital rapid antigen tests will be conducted in Pune city. It has a capacity of conducting around 3,000-5,000 tests daily. The organisation will also hold campaigns to raise awareness about the pandemic and reduce the fear among citizens.

Pawar visited the Annasaheb Magar Stadium in Pimpri, College of Engineering Pune, (COEP) at Shivaji Nagar and Mahalunge-Balewadi Stadium where Jumbo COVID centres are being established, to review the work in progress.

He instructed that the focus should be on quality work while setting up the ‘Jumbo Covid Center’. The government is trying to provide all the best healthcare facilities to the citizens during the Corona crisis. Pawar also directed the officials to complete the construction work of the hospital in time considering the natural calamities like hail storms and heavy rains. Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) chief executive officer Suhas Divase summoned the work progress of Jumbo Covid Center at Annasaheb Magar Stadium and CoEP campus. He told the minister that the COVID centre is being set up following the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which states availability of facilities like ventilator, ICU wards, oxygen supply, spacing between two beds, tests on coronary heart disease patients, electrification, parking, toilets, water supply, sanitation, roads, accommodation and meals for doctors and nurses among others.