Dharavi is Asia’s biggest slum. Dharavi is home to different small enterprises of leather, earthenware, materials, and so forth. It is one of the most significant impromptu settlements in Mumbai. The paths are so tight, and the region is so vast that if some obscure individual happens to stroll into the thin galleries, it will be hard for that individual to try and come out of the region. The houses are little and firmly rammed. Frequently seven to eight individuals live in a tiny room. Most homes are not even at an arm’s distance from one another, making social distancing difficult.
The day Dharavi announced its first coronavirus case, the entire nation skirted a heartbeat. Indeed, even as Mumbai had just developed as a hotspot of the Covid-19 episode, a COVID case in Dharavi spelled extraordinary outcomes. Be that as it may, despite being one of the most thickly populated territories on the planet with zero chance of social distancing, Dharavi has set a model for the rest of the country.
The start of June brought a moan of help for the individuals of Dharavi. The territory, which was probably the biggest hotspot of the city, saw the coronavirus curve leveling. From 30th May to eighth June, there was not so much as a solitary coronavirus death in the zone. From the first June onwards, there was additionally a decrease in the number of cases from the region.
By June 10, Dharavi had revealed 1,964 cases of the novel coronavirus. Out of this, 73 individuals have died, and 939 have healed. Dharavi’s present multiplying rate is 44 days, a lot higher than the national multiplying rate.
The job was difficult. It was a monstrous strategy by Corona Warriors from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai Police, medical clinics, NGOs, and sanitation office.
1)Strengthening of private centers and including private specialists in the screening procedure
BMC worked together with private specialists who had their centers in Dharavi. BMC gave legitimate and sufficient PPE packs and other expected gear to the private specialists and requested that they revive their facilities in Dharavi. It additionally guaranteed ordinary disinfection of the facilities. When the private centers restored, individuals approached and intentionally went to the specialists when they had any symptoms.
2) Regular fumigation and disinfection
According to the BMC, ordinary disinfection and fumigation of weak spots of the region assumed a colossal job. Open toilets are among the places which are normally sterilized. There are 450 open toilets in Dharavi, which are utilized by practically 80% of the territory’s masses. Keeping these toilets disinfected was urgent. According to BMC, all these open toilets are purified four times each day. This prevented the disease from spreading to pretty much every family unit.
3) Migrants leaving helped decongestion of region
Dharavi has a populace of 8.5 lakh individuals. The masses thickness of the slum bunch is 2.27 lakh per square km. An outside factor which assumed a job in decongestion was vagrants departure. Laborers from different states who lost their wellspring of pay on account of the lockdown began leaving Dharavi. Around 2 lakh laborers left the zone and the city and returned to their particular states. This prompted the decongestion of the territory, which added to contain the spread.
4) Aggressive screening, fast contact and convenient disconnection
According to BMC, around 6 lakh individuals were screened in Dharavi, with a population of about 8.5 lakh individuals. This caused BMC to remove the individuals who had any side effects, who were increasingly weak, individuals who were infected at that point, and could have lead to the further spreading of the infection.
The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in Dharavi. On Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be controlled.
“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain, and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” Ghebreyesus said.
Well, none of this could have been possible with the support and help of the locale. Dharavi has done something that people living in well-furnished huge bungalows couldn’t. The Fight isn’t over, but at least we have a new ray of hope. If Dharavi wins this, India will win over it.
Hope that we see a flattened curve in the coming days in Dharavi but all over the world. Not to forget, This too shall pass.