CM Thackeray says Dharavi is a global role model of COVID-19 management

Dharavi - CM Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who has been targeted by opposition for his failure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state and particularly in Mumbai, on Saturday, claimed that the Dharavi has emerged as a global role model for containing the spread of novel coronavirus.

He, however, praised health professionals, municipal officials and others for helping Dharavi, which was once declared a COVID-19 hotspot to flatten the curve.

The CMO on Saturday tweeted, “The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts made to control coronavirus, and such examples could inspire people to come out of the pandemic… The global record of Dharavi’s efforts is what strengthens the fight against coronavirus.”

The Tweet also referred the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) acknowledgement that Dharavi and some other places have proven that COVID-19 could still be reined in through aggressive action.

“It’s the success of all of your efforts,” Thackeray said and lauded the concerted efforts of the municipal administration, NGOs and local people of Dharavi and commended them for their efforts to control coronavirus. The WHO on Friday said it is still possible to bring coronavirus outbreaks under control, even though case numbers have more than doubled in the past six weeks. In the last six weeks cases have more than doubled. However, there are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said and pointed out that some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.

The Shiv Sena Lok Sabha member from Mumbai South-Central, Rahul Shewale, also hailed the development. The Dharavi formula should be replicated in the entire state of Maharashtra.