Medical doctor, Dr Ilham checking patient Pramod in the inpatient ward with High Flow Nasal Oxygen Equipment (HFNO) at Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Shatabdi hospital located in Govandi M East ward Mumbai. MSF has closely been working in co-ordination with Municipal corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) for screening, sample collection and diagnostics of Covid-19 cases and management of Mild to moderate confirmed cases since June 2020. MSF has provided High Flow Nasal Oxygen Equipment (HFNO) to improve treatment outcomes at secondary level and decongest tertiary referral facilities. © Abhinav Chatterjee/MSF

MSF resumes activities in response to India’s COVID-19 second wave

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) restarts emergency response amid a surging second wave of COVID-19 in Mumbai in Maharashtra state.  The city is very densely populated and the poor and dilapidated hygiene conditions are a triple trigger for the virus to breed, infect and spread rapidly.

Daily new infections across the country have reached a peak of over 200,000 in a single day, with a whopping 115.736 new cases reported in Maharashtra state on a single day on April 16, 2021.

“The situation is very worrying,” says Dilip Bhaskaran, C-19 Coordinator for MSF in Mumbai. “This is the largest upsurge since the pandemic started. “MSF stands ready to further pace up its services in support of the health facilities that are currently completely overwhelmed.”

MSF’s response in the region

Meanwhile, our teams are actively identifying cases, conducting screening and appropriate triage for infection prevention and control for TB/DR-TB patients at Shatabdi hospital and the MSF independent clinic. Patients coinfected with COVID-19 and tuberculosis are being referred for inpatient management and treatment to Sewri hospital.

Non-TB identified patients with COVID-19 that need admission are referred to Dedicated COVID-19 Health Centre (DCHC) facilities.

MSF is further providing prevention kits, counseling and phone follow-up to high risk patients, including TB/DR-TB, Diabetes melitus patients and the elderly. To ensure continuity of care, MSF continues to support four health centers in MEW.

As of April 17, MSF started shielding, digital health promotion, water and sanitation activities in the M-East Ward (MEW) of Mumbai. Activities will be further extended to five more health facilities.

MSF is preparing to support two units within a Jumbo hospital in Mumbai. The divisions will include two set of tents with about 1000 intensive care unit bed capacity in each. Five additional medical doctors and five nurses have been recruited to strengthen the response.

MSF will continue to provide medical and technical support with oxygen supplies and therapy.