PGI Retracts its Statement on Comparing Bapu Dham Colony & Dharavi in its Report to Chandigarh Administration

PGI’s four-members expert team of doctors had yesterday submitted field report to UT administrator in which it compared Dharavi in Mumbai and Bapu Dham Colony in Chandigarh on how COVID-19 has been managed. Today, in an official statement from PGIMER, the comparison has been retracted. 

The premier medical institute clarified that any survey comparing the parameters between slum dwellers in Dharavi and Bapu Dham Colony was never in its purview as asked by the UT administration. 

“We cannot compare different colonies of different magnitude without comparing the ultimate outcome of patients coming out of these,” the PGIMER said in a statement.

UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore had asked PGIMER to send a Public Health team to visit Bapu Dham and make specific recommendations for improving field operations. 

A four-member team of experts headed by Prof J S Thakur (community medicine department, and School for Public Health) and other members Dr Ashish Bhalla, Dr RK Ratho and Dr Ishani Bora were assigned to analyse the ground situation and make recommendations to stop the further spread of Covid-19 infection in the colony.

The recommendations included oxygen saturation tests of the residents, mapping of high-risk population and special practices for elderly.

Source: The Tribune