Mumbai: CSR initiative to vaccinate a lakh residents of Dharavi takes off | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A lakh residents of Dharavi are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 without charge within a month through a CSR initiative. The BMC has provided a municipal school in the area and the vaccination drive began there on Tuesday.
Assistant municipal commissioner, G-North ward, Kiran Dighavkar said Citibank had offered to vaccinate the Dharavi residents through a team from Jaslok Hospital.
“It’s an excellent initiative by Citi and Jaslok together. The BMC will be helping them mobilise the beneficiaries with the help of local NGOs. We plan to provide a card to the beneficiaries which will be distributed by the NGOs. Any resident wanting the card can visit our health post,” Dighavkar said.
Officially, the population of Dharavi is around seven lakh, and in reality an estimated 8.5 lakh. The BMC has vaccinated close to 40,000 locals at the vaccination centre there. Many residents are also likely to have taken the doses privately.
Covid-19 entered Dharavi on April 1 last year and there were days when over 90 new cases were reported.

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