Are you opposing the on-going Covid-19 survey conducted by the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC)? Beware then, MBMC has decided to act tough to those who oppose the medical survey teams. On Thursday, the ward officer and his team cut the water pipelines of a housing complex in Pleasant Park, Mira Road. Reason: The society opposed the medical process mandated by the state government. The COVID-19 survey conducted under its ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ initiative. In the survey, the government want to ensure that no Covid-19 positive or suspected patients are missed out from its radar.
Earlier, Dilip Dhole, Additional Municipal Commissioner had issued the standing instructions to all the six ward officials to take action against the rejecters. However, he also instructed police action against societies under the relevant sections of the IPC and provisions of the disaster management act and epidemic disease act.
“The said complex comes in a containment zone. People should appreciate the drive as it benefits them. MBMC teams are screening for the suspected patient in every household. We provided thermal guns and oxymeters to the surveyors,” said MBMC officer.
Wherever needed, the survey team calls the facility of testing kits to do the antigen test. Apart from the health department personnel, the local ward office shares the responsibility of the survey.
“We are not against the survey, but such type of strong-arm tactics is not tolerable. Nevertheless, no rules say to cut down the water pipelines, which comes under necessity things. The order itself is wrong and should immediately rollback. Already, residents are reeling under fear of psychosis and water crisis,” said Prashant Dalvi, Leader of the House, MBMC.
Meanwhile, with six deaths on Saturday, the death toll has raised to 629. With 139 more people tested positive for the infection, the cumulative COVID-19 positive numbers have reached to 20,276 in the twin city. However, the recovery rate of the patient in Mira Bhayandar is 88.67% with 17890 have already recovered to date. Significantly, active positive patients have come down to 1667.