Women and men patients sharing quarantine facility raises concern over safety and privacy of women

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Mehab Qureshi

Dehu Road, July 20, 2020:The Dehu Road Cantonment Board(DCB) has been admitting both women and men patients in the same wards, which has raised questions about the safety and privacy of women in the isolation ward at COVID-19 care centre (CCC) put up at Mahatma Gandhi School, Dehu Road.


The safety of women has been the utmost concern of women patients at COVID care facilities. The concerns especially rose after recently Navi Mumbai police booked a 25-year old COVID-19 patient for allegedly raping a 40-year-old at a quarantine facility in Panvel.


The women isolated in the centre have approached the DCB complaining about the situation, however, they have stated that authorities did not take any measures to resolve their problems. This led the women to involve a local activist in this matter, who entered the quarantine facility wearing a Protective Protection kit (PPE) and exposed the breach in the security.


Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to probe the matter. Raghuveer Shelar, DCB’s vice president, said, “Even if the patients are related to each other, it is regrettable that this has happened. We will investigate the case.” Speaking about why such a situation arrived, he said, “availability of fewer beds might have led to the breach. Still, we will ensure that the patients are shifted to another facility at Nehru Mangal Karyalay with the capacity of 200 beds”.