Sanitation worker dies of Covid-19

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Sanitation worker dies of Covid-19

Sunday, 26 April 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

A 54-year-old sanitation worker, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died on Saturday.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in a statement said “He was posted with in Bhogal area of Daryaganj ward and was admitted in AIIMS on April 22. However, He was also suffering with liver related issues and even admitted to holy Family hospital and availed medical leave from December 19, 2019 to February 5, 2020 for treatment,”

“He had also availed earned leave from 10 February to 23 February 2020. However, his final medical report from hospital is awaited. SDMC is committed to extend all possible admissible help to the family of its deceased employee,” it said.

The civic body also informed that Sunita who is posted in ward 6S Tagore Garden, was declared COVID-19 positive on Thursday, declared negative on late Friday and discharged from hospital with instruction to put herself of 14 days home quarantine.

Following the declaration, the West Zone of SDMC has withdrawn the isolation order issued to nine colleagues who came in her contact.

At least six sanitation staffers of municipal corporations have been tested positive for Covid-19 till now. Out of six staffs, two of them have died. The Corporations had placed 48 asymptomatic staffers under home quarantine who came in contact with three staff who tested positive of Coronavirus.

The North Corporation has on Friday also issued a detail guidelines for sanitation staff and concessionaires engaged for lifting of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) during prevailing Covid-19 crises

“All the sanitation staff has been directed to ensure that all the supervisors of the corporation will record the temperature of every employee through thermal screening device at the time of taking attendance of swachhta karamchries in each shift before allowing them to join duties,” it said.

“The sanitation workers were also directed to convey their supervisory staff to ensure sanititisation of hands before and after putting their thumb impression or signature on the attendance register,” it said.

The civic body has also asked its workers to equip themselves with ‘Personal Protective Equipments’ (PPEs) before embarking in the containment zones, the official said, adding that the PPE kits can be obtained by supervising sanitation Staff from the in charge of ‘Docking Centers’.

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