Migrants Camp In Mumbai By Harmony Foundation & Home Guards Moved To Ghatkopar In The Wake Of Cyclone, Monsoons

DG.Sanjay Pandey, in a welcoming gesture, has offered Home Guards guest house to safeguard workers from water borne diseases.

Harmony Foundation along with Home Guards, had set up a migrants camp 2 months back in Versova of Mumbai, way before government and administration could come up with solution to the migrant issue arose by nation-wide lockdown.

Now migrant camp in the city set up jointly by Harmony Foundation and Home Guards has been moved from Versova to Ghatkopar in view of Cyclone/monsoons.

DG.Sanjay Pandey in a welcoming gesture has offered Home Guards guest house to safeguard workers from water borne diseases.

The first camp for migrant workers was erected at the start of the nation-wide lockdown in the last week of March spearheaded by DG Home Guards, Shri. Sanjay Pandey and Harmony Foundation assisted with a team of passionate individuals. They started by providing over 300 plus migrant workers with all their necessities including medical assistance.

In the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, one has to be prepared for various other issues that will come up during the coming weeks. The monsoon every year brings with it not just respite from the summer heat, but also waterborne diseases like malaria, typhoid and leptospirosis and this time with an early cyclone warning could have aggravated the situation. Therefore, the Versova camp could probably have become a hotbed for monsoon related diseases like malaria, dengue, leptospirosis and several others as the camp stood on an open ground and the muck and slush during the rains would have ensured that mosquitoes breed there, Dr. Abraham Mathai, the founder of Harmony Foundation told HW news.

With Mumbai having emerged as the national hotspot for Covid19, and with hospital beds in the city falling short, another potential disaster like situation that seems to be looming overhead needed to be avoided at all costs, he said.

“In the light of the imminent possibility of the cyclone with early monsoons and not wanting to vitiate the present medical crisis, D.G.Sanjay Pandey magnanimously offered to shelter the remaining migrant workers at the Home Guards guest house in Ghatkopar,” Dr. Mathai said.

In the light of this, Harmony Foundation along with the Home Guards have moved the remaining workers on the night of 31st May from Versova to Ghatkopar with their safety from water borne diseases in mind. Today, with most of the initial inhabitants safely back to their homes they said they will continue to serve the remaining 60 people with the same passion they started with and they can proudly say that not a single worker got infected till date because of the high standard of hygiene that was maintained.

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