A slum in India that has about a million people living on one square-mile got the ***** under control. https://tinyurl.com/y3bkest7
City officials led by Dighavkar, the assistant municipal commissioner in charge of Dharavi, charted their own course. After identifying five areas reporting the most cases, they focused on screening every house for people with fever or low oxygen levels. Local doctors were enlisted to inspire confidence among residents.
Within 10 days, 47,000 people had been screened, and 400 symptomatic people were tested for the *****, with 20 percent turning out to be positive. An additional 4,000 people, including contacts and those with co-morbidities, were placed in institutional quarantine.
Health-care camps were set up in prominent locations in the slum where people could walk in and get a free ***** test. Officials urged dozens of private clinics in the area to remain open so more cases could be detected. In turn, the government provided them with protective gear and daily sanitization.
The other critical challenge was building health infrastructure from scratch. The government-run health-care facilities inside the slum had no beds or intensive care equipment. Dighavkar and his team took over a sports complex, a park, a marriage hall and private hospitals to house quarantine and treatment facilities. On a vacant lot, they built a 200-bed hospital with oxygen beds.
Hundreds of community toilets were sanitized three times a day. Soap and water supply was regularized.
The efforts paid off. The number of new cases in July was a fifth that of May. The recovery rate is over 80 percent, and the number of active cases is under 100.