Maharashtra: 54 of Taloja old age home’s 61 inmates & 4 staffers +ve | Navi Mumbai News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: At an old age home in Taloja MIDC area where the PCMC conducted tests, 54 of 61 inmates (89%) tested Covid positive. Besides, four of it’s seven staffers are also down with Covid. Two inmates, who were above 70 years of age and were residing at the old age home since 1995 and 2008, respectively, died of the disease on April 17.
Of the 58 infected, 16 inmates have been admitted to MGM hospital in Kamothe while the others are being treated in isolation at the old age home.
Panvel municipal commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh said, “After two senior citizens at Paramshantidam Vrudhasharam died due to Covid infection on April 17, the management of the home informed us that many inmates were having fever and hence suspected Covid infection. A PCMC team was immediately rushed to the old age home and we conducted RT-PCR tests on all the senior citizens there and also the seven staffers. Of the four working as housing keeping staff and drivers, two were senior citizens. 16 Covid positive patients had to be shifted to MGM hospital, Kamothe, as their oxygen levels were depleting.”
Some of the inmates at the old age home have been taken care of by the management for the past two decades, said Deshmukh. “While some are homeless or without any family members, others do not have Aadhaar cards. There even those who are unable to recall their identity. Therefore, the PCMC has ensured that these senior citizens receive proper medical care either in isolation at the old age home or at MGM hospital, where ICU beds and ventilators are available for critical covid patients,” said Deshmukh.
“The ‘maharaj’ governing the old age home had ensured Covid SOPs were stringently followed, and because of this the inmates were not infected last year. But the second wave has infected several inmates and staffers,” he added.

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