The Times of India

The Dawoodi Bohra community has set up a Covid-19 ‘war room’ in Mumbai to facilitate oxygen requirements, provide real time updates on availability of beds in hospitals and help families with the burial of their dead.

Set up at Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project in Bhendi Bazaar, the war room is being managed by a 60 member team comprising multi specialty doctors, social service volunteers and local authorities.

‘The war rooms, one run by the Bohra community at Bhendi Bazaar and the other by the Doodhwala builders at Agripada, are doing fantastic work. I do whatever I can to ensure they run smoothly,’ said Samajwadi Party legislator Rais Shaikh.

‘The moment we get a call from patients or their relatives, our team gets busy in ensuring that the patient gets medical attention as soon as possible. The doctors on our panel advise whether the patient needs hospitalisation or just oxygen at home. We even find burial grounds for deceased patients,’ said Shabbir Merchant, a coordinator for the Bohras’ war room.

Dr Abizer Mankad, a consulting physician and diabetologist at Saifee Hospital and a member of the panel of doctors for the war room said that such war rooms help in curbing the pandemic and ensuring that people don’t panic. ‘Not every patient needs hospitalisation. The war room helps in deciding that,’ said Dr Mankad.

A standard operating procedure (SOP) document has also been created after consulting the doctors to ensure that each case is addressed, keeping in mind the condition of the patient.

Anjumane Shiateali, the body that manages Bohra community affairs in the city, has set up the war room under ‘Project Rise’, a global philanthropic initiative of the Dawoodi Bohras.

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