As more and more fall ill, BBMP is MIA
It’s been four days since a neighbour of Narendra J, who works in a biotech firm, in Bagalagunte ward, tested positive for covid. Since that day, Narendra has been trying to get in touch with the BBMP to create a containment zone around his house. But so far, BBMP has taken no such step.
“My neighbour, a doctor, tested positive and he has been waiting for the BBMP to shift him to hospital. No BBMP personnel has visited the area or even sanitised it. The doctor’s family members are going out to work too,” says Nagendra. Shreyas Karnic, a lecturer, says though they have informed the BBMP, they haven’t registered the status of the patient. “Due to lack of BBMP support, we are forced to hide in our houses. Only God can save us,” he says, echoing with Health Minister B Sriramulu’s invocation of divine intervention to help us fight Covid.
Guru Komal, a resident of an apartment in Balagere, has a similar story. “Recently a resident of our apartment complex tested positive. We had to plead with the BBMP to help us in the quarantine process but no one came. Only three days later, did someone turn up.”
His neighbour Nitin Joshi, woh works in an IT company, says it is clear that the BBMP not responding soon after someone tests positive. “My housemate tested positive and for the last four days, I have been calling BBMP and they are giving me reasons for not coming. Initially, they said they are yet to get the covid report. When we sent them the report, they said they are waiting for the BU report and then they said they are short of personnel.
Joshi said the area was not sanitised, ASHA workers did not visit and there was no poster to indicate this is a containment zone. And as for contact tracing, what is that?
“The covid patient had visited a grocery shop outside our apartment block. After BBMP did nothing to seal the shop, we approached the shopkeeper, but he refused to shut down. Only when we said that we would approach the police, he closed,” he said.
Another resident of Vivekananda Nagar, in Maruthi Seva Nagar said that his neighbour was hospitalised for breathing trouble on July 12. “He was admitted to hospital and put on a ventilator on July 18.” He informed the local corporator about this on July 23. “On July 27, the patient succumbed to covid. But none of his contacts are even aware of this. This is the reason why community spread happens,” he said.
Residents also alleged that the BBMP is haphazard about creating containment zones. While in some cases, only the house is sealed in others, a portion of the road is sealed.