Gurugram recorded the highest spike in COVID cases as the deadly second wave hits India. Massive surge in COVID cases in Gurugram has put stress on the state’s healthcare infrastructure, leading to a shortage of beds. To combat the deadly virus and the hardships people are facing in getting access to basic healthcare, the district administration of Gurugram has allowed Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), gated housing societies and NGOs to set up self-reliant small COVID centres.
This order came after the RWAs of 24 condominiums and residential colonies wrote a letter to deputy commissioner Yash Garg, requesting him to allow the conversion of club houses and community centres into COVID-relief facilities.
The residents’ group that brought the issue to the limelight and came up with the one-stop solution included RWAs of Uniworld Gardens II, Vatika City, Nirvana Country, Unitech Escape, Grand Arch, Vipul Greens, Ireo Uptown, Sispal Vihar, Rosewood, South City-2, Spaze Privy, Palm Drive, Exclusive Floors, and many more.
The Deputy Commissioner in a statement mentioned, “The existence of small COVID centres in each society will help take the burden off the shoulders from existing healthcare facilities for pre-managing asymptomatic, symptomatic and very mild COVID symptoms of people living in that particular society”. He further added, such an order would immensely be beneficial to keep a check on the unprecedented spike in COVID cases.
As per the order, these COVID centres are not accessible to elderly people, children less than 10 years of age or people with co-morbidities and also to pregnant and lactating women.
The guidelines specifically mention that all the COVID Centers are bound to follow strict infection prevention and control practices. Additionally, there should be separate toilets and separate space for COVID positive confirmed and suspected cases.
The order states, for extra precautions and vigilance, the facility needs to be 24/7 linked to the surveillance team and an ambulance provider. Furthermore, a doctor residing in the gated complex should undertake a daily medical examination of the patients and a caregiver should be hired to look after ill patients and also to keep a record of their up-to-the-minute condition.
To offer the best health facility to the residents, both the doctor and caregiver will undergo training on COVID control practices, prevention and COVID management organized exclusively by the chief medical officer.