Shameful! City of 21st Century has no Corona Lab

What are the civic bodies, leaders doing

Hon’ble Mukhya Mantri ji:

This need urgent attention and action.

Please just do not pass it on to UD or Health.

Navi Mumbai, touted as the City of the 21st Century, does  not have a pathological lab to diagnose COVID cases.

It is a matter of shame and distress that people whose swabs are taken by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Pune Municipal Corporation and Uran Municipal Council for COVID test are forced to wait for about a week for the result as their samples are sent to Mumbai.

The situation is pathetic since the number of COVID cases is almost 10,000 in the City.

And the cases are bound to go up, looking at the way the virus is spreading.

Most patients are forced to go to private labs some of whose performance is doubtful since BMC has banned them from testing.

We, therefore, request you to immediately intervene and get a lab sanctioned and set up on priority basis for Navi Mumbai.

It is shocking that the administration or the elected representatives do not seem to have taken this seriously.

What is the point in preaching people to take care while the basic necessity like testing is not available here?

We also have cases of lackadaisical attitude of Panvel civic body in following up with close contacts of Covid positive patients. Civic doctors do not visit the house for more than a week even after informing them.

We have had the case of a journalist living in Kharghar running literally from pillar to post, before he himself getting admitted to a private hospital.

We have new civic chief in both Municipal bodies.

Hope they will ensure situation improves.

Looking forward to an immediate action from you.

B N Kumar – Editor –