Policemen receive their recovered colleagues as they are discharged
THANE/MUMBAI: A 45-year old policewoman from Thane and a 55-year-old constable from Vile Parle police station died of Covid-19 on Thursday. Pratibha Gawali, from Shrinagar police station, is the first woman cop to die of Covid-19 in the state. Both constables had underlying health problems. Till now, 16 cops in the state have died from Covid-19, including 12 in Mumbai.
Gawali was under treatment for kidney ailment and was on sick leave for two months. “She was on dialysis. It’s not clear how she got infected,” said an officer. The other constable, Arun Phadtare, was diabetic and on leave after the city police chief barred those above 55 from duty considering the greater risk of Covid-19 at their age.
Vile Parle police inspector Rajendra Kane said Phadtare was admitted to Kole Kalyan Covid centre for police at Kalina on May 9. He was shifted to HBT Trauma Hospital, Jogeshwari, after his condition worsened on May 12. He succumbed on Thursday at 9.30pm. A native of Satara, he lived with his family at Marol.
A senior police officer said all cops who have died of Covid-19 had comorbidities. “They had underlying health issues like diabetes and hypertension,” he said.
In Thane, 83 cops in all have tested positive for the coronavirus, of whom 31 have recovered. The others are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. The Thane city police headquarters will function at half strength in the main building because 12 people from various departments working there tested positive.
Mumbai police spokesperson, DCP Pranaya Ashok, said measures are being taken to safeguard cops at the Covid frontline. “Each cop has been asked to take HCQ tablets, besides vitamins. Safety gears are provided to all. Health details are collected daily at police stations,” he said.