KOLKATA: The state health department on Monday issued an advisory to all major housing societies and high-rises in the city, asking the resident welfare associations to set up community-based isolation centres, assuring them of providing steady oxygen supply and daily visits by doctors there.
Less than two weeks ago, KMC had made a similar request to housing complexes.
Last year, many housing complexes had converted their community halls and clubs into safe homes but in the second wave, RWAs had been apprehensive that a patient’s condition might suddenly spiral out of control given the severity of the virus this time. They are also uncomfortable about lack of transparency over the legal liability in case of deaths there.
But Monday’s state advisory asked the RWAs to tie up with government or private medical facilities to set up the units at their complexes. “The current advisory has a lot of clarity and we would convert two of our community halls in the complex into isolation centres. We can accommodate around 20 patients in the facilities. We will approach government officials and try and get the safe homes ready at the earliest,” said Deepak Agarwal of Diamond City West in Behala, which now has 60 Covid patients.
Some complexes, like South City, have started a dialogue with a private hospital and hope to set up the isolation centre in a week. “A private hospital officials visited us. We plan to convert 10 guest rooms in our club into isolation centres that will be managed by the hospital. It should be ready by next week,” said MV Viju, joint secretary of the resident welfare association.
The Urbana management are in talks with a private hospital to convert their spacious community hall into an isolation centre but opposition from some residents halted the process. “Residents want the club to be turned into a safe home but the club doesn’t have an attached toilet, a must for an isolation centre. We are in talks with the residents’ body,” said Debjani Mukherjee, director, Urbana facility management.