Mumbai: 2,000 BEST staffers Covid positive so far; woman cancer survivor battles virus, discharged | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: The total number of Covid positive cases in BEST touched 2000 on Saturday, with the recovery rate being 90%. One of the Covid survivors who got discharged from hospital during the weekend was a woman staffer.
Sheela Sawant (53), who works as a traffic supervisor at Malvani depot, is a cancer survivor and now she has battled Covid and is back home.
“Her husband works with Mazgoan dock but could not find hospital bed for her. When she contacted our Covid response team, we got her admitted at Dahisar check naka COVID Centre on August 27,” said BEST chief medical officer, Dr Anil Kumar Singhal. “She was on oxygen from August 30 to September 2 and got the best of treatment before being discharged on Saturday,” he said.
A senior official said that as many as 50 BEST staffers were saved in the nick of time due to Remdesivir injections which were provided by the Covid response team of the undertaking. Of these, injections to 25 patients in Seven Hills hospital were provided during this weekend.
Said Dr Singhal, “We had procured a stock of Remdesivir injections for emergency situations. It helped 50 of our staffers and saved their lives.” This included drivers and conductors some of whom were hospitalised for nearly two months.
The death toll in BEST continues to be 27 while union leader Shashank Rao has claimed that 115 staffers have died. The BEST Covid response teams had arranged for beds, ICU facilities in private hospitals and also life-saving Remdesivir injections for staffers during emergency situations. Over 1800 patients have recovered and are back home, he added.



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