Pune, October 17, 2020: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to reserve 40 beds at the Jumbo COVID centre, located at COEP ground in Shivajinagar, for treating leprosy patients coinfected with Coronavirus (COVID19) disease amid the unprecedented pandemic.
As many as 21 patients have been admitted at the facility, informed Rubal Agarwal, PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner and Executive Head of the Jumbo COVID care centre.
At the Dr Bandorawalla Government Leprosy Hospital in Kondhwa, four patients were suspected of contracting the COVID19. However, PMC couldn’t test them for the virus as their fingers, earlobes, and other organs are disfigured due to leprosy, making it difficult for officials to check their oxygen level through oximeters. Also, tests like X-ray, blood tests are not done in this institute.
The civic body officials understood the criticality of the situation and rushed the lepers to the nearest hospital facility, but none of the patients was admitted as they did not have Aadhar cards with them. At 11 pm on Thursday, all the patients were returned to the leprosy centre, Dr Deepti Bachchav informed Agarwal through a message late at night.
“Considering the situation of the patients, they were ordered to be admitted to the Jumbo Covid Center immediately,” stated Agarwal.
PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar also directed the administration at the leprosy hospital to test all other patients in contact with the infected patients.
Accordingly, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Kondhwa Ward Tanaji Narle took action and inspected 128 patients, out of which 21 were sent to the Jumbo facility.
Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol and Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao also lauded PMC for their efforts. “Testing – Treatment – Taken care. PMC is very fortunate to provide COVID treatment for the citizens suffering from Leprosy at COEP Jumbo”, Agarwal tweeted.