A month after lying vacant, BMC shifts six COVID-19 positive patients to Shah Rukh Khan's quarantine centre

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In the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan, on April 24, gave their office space to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to convert it into a quarantine facility. The 22-bed centre situated in Deepvan building in Khar which is dedicated to Shah Rukh's Meer Foundation, remained empty with no patients of Coronavirus being shifted for treatment. Now, a month later, the BMC finally sent six COVID-19 positive patients to the centre on Friday. Vinayak Vispute, assistant municipal commissioner, H-West Ward, during an interview with a leading daily, told that the centre required a few modifications to be converted into a well-equipped quarantine facility. He further added that after the work was completed, the BMC approached Hinduja hospital to provide staff to run it. With all terms and conditions, along with an SOP in place, Shah Rukh's office is now operational. 

"When the centre was handed over we had proposed certain modifications after a joint inspection. This included providing doors on each floors, water filters, constructing temporary toilets, providing changing rooms, geysers and bed for patients. So in view of the lockdown, it was difficult for Shah Rukh Khan to mobilise labourers and get this work done. So the entire centre was completed recently but it could not be started on account of shortage of doctors and paramedical staff. We approached local hospitals to run the centre. Since Holy Family Hospital and Lilavati Hospital are already running Covid-19 centre, we asked the Hinduja Hospital at Khar. They agreed to provide all medical staff to run the hospital. Terms and conditions have been finalised and we have created an SOP to run the centre. The centre was made operational on May 28 and six patients have been admitted there on Friday," Vispute told.

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Gauri, on April 24, shared a video of the quarantine centre on her Instagram. "#GauriKhanDesign refurbished this office ...a quarantine zone providing essentials and services to those in need. We must stand together and stand strong in this fight against #Covid19. Making space for each other. #MeerFoundation has effectively transformed the 4-storey private office building, offered by @gaurikhan and @iamsrk, into quarantine quarters under @my_bmc's guidance. In this fight, we stand together stronger than ever before," read the caption of the video.

 

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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