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BMC surveys at the top of the priority list, pioneers sort out inoculation camps across Mumbai

by Web Desk | Published: 03 Jun 2021

BMC Election 2022
Mumbai: A few weeks ago, until used Remediesiver, an antiviral drug used in the treatment of Covid-19, and now it is vaccination camps. The next year, political leaders focused on municipal corporation elections began to organize vaccination camps (both generous and paid) for citizens, either through direct alliances with private hospitals or between alliances between hospitals and housing societies. Of vaccines. During March and April, some politicians got into trouble by distributing remedies when demand was high and availability was low.
 
Amit Satam, a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the BJP, has started vaccination camps in Walkeshwar, Bandra, and Andheri on May 29. He has partnered with Apollo Hospital, which charges Rs 1,000 per dose, which is more than the Rs 850 charged from the hospital premises. So far, Satam has vaccinated 16,000 people. We have a camp at Sriram Welfare School in Andheri. 
 
Next, I want to organize camps in Borivali and Kandivali,” Satham said. A spokesman for the Apollo Hospital confirmed that the group had set up camps with Satham at three locations in Mumbai. These drives are registered in the Memorandum of Understanding between hospitals and housing societies, as the central government does not provide laws for political parties or leaders to contact private hospitals directly. In Thane, MLC Niranjan Davakhare is organizing a vaccination drive for about a thousand people in association with Apollo Hospital at Hiranandani Park on Ghodbandar Road.
 
Citizens must pay for the vaccine. Speaking to the hospital, the BJP leader said, "We are trying to reduce rates through CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives." The government cannot stockpile, so we are trying to help the citizens. In Navi Mumbai, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Nilesh Bhojan went a step further by announcing free vaccines only for 18-44-year-olds. A widely distributed pamphlet, registration form, his photo, and a photo of senior BJP leader Ganesh Naik and the party logo are included.
 
Bhojan has partnered with Reliance Hospital to provide vaccines only to residents of the 64th ward, from where the corporation is likely to fight the election. “Many children aged 18-44 cannot book a slot in Cowin. Bhajan told a national daily that this was to help them. N Ramaswamy, Director, National Health Mission, said that the government guidelines are clear and vaccination is allowed in housing societies only to facilitate easy access for the elderly and the disabled... The Directorate of Health Services said that municipal corporations should take action if private drives are organized for the elderly or the disabled. Satish Pawar said.
 
Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Banger said the Civil Body will issue a notice to Reliance Hospital to ensure that the drive is not limited to children aged 18-44. "Knowing that there are older people there, we permit the housing societies" but we did not know that it is only for 18-44-year-olds. We do not know who organized it. The registration is done in the name of the hospital,” he said. BJP MP Manoj Kotak has launched a vaccination drive for more than 20 housing societies in Mulund. Party banners bearing the name of Kotak can be seen in the housing societies where the camps were held.
 
 
Camps are facilitated through Fortis, Hindu Sabha, and Sai Hospital. "I don't pay for vaccines, I organize camps," he said. BJP MLA Mihir Kotecha recently launched a vaccination drive for over 250 students traveling abroad for study. In the last week of May, BJP leader Ashish Shelar organized a three-day vaccination drive at the Apollo Hospital, demanding that every registered person pay Rs 1,000 per dose. The camp was organized by the Bandra Hindu Association on Linking Road for a thousand people. We organized everything.
 
The vaccination was carried out by Apollo Hospital, the people who paid for it, said Shelar, who shared a Google document extensively for registration with his photo in a post. In Juhu, banners of MP Poonam Mahajan, MLA Satam, and corporator Anees Makwani were launched by the BJP and BMC's K-West ward at the Rotary Club Vaccination Center. BMC has no affiliation with any political party, said Dr. K.S. Ajit Pampadwar said. Ward No. 71 is the ward of McQueen. We are not in alliance with the BJP. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said the corporator would be given a show-cause notice.
 
BMC cannot be dragged into such activities; we have no affiliation with any political party or politician for immunization. Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said in a letter sent to all the states on May 29. There are only four options for vaccination under the Cowin guidelines - Government Center, Private Vaccination Center, Government Office, Government Hospital, Private Office for Private Hospitals, Vaccination Center for the Elderly and Disabled, Home Housing Societies, RWA Offices, and Community Centers. House, schools/colleges, and old age homes temporarily.