Thane: TMC tells housing societies to screen residents using thermal scanners and pulse oximeters

July 24, 2020

The Thane Municipal Corporation on Thursday issued a directive to all housing-societies in the city to begin screening residents using thermal scanners and pulse oximeters , in a bid to speed up detection of symptomatic patients.

Housing societies have been instructed to train their security guards to use thermal scanners and pulse oximeters to monitor temperatures and blood oxygen (saturation) levels of residents, guests and workers entering the buildings, deputy commissioner Sandeep Malvi said.

“Housing societies have been informed that details of those with high body temperatures and blood oxygen levels below 94 percent are to be noted and communicated to the civic body. They will be diverted to the nearest fever clinic for screening,” TMC commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma told Mirror.

The civic chief told Mirror that the decision was taken after various housing groups in the area approached the civic body for guidelines on screening of residents. As part of these guidelines, housing societies have been advised to sanitise all common areas twice a day, install foot paddles for sanitiser dispensers.

The civic body’s guidelines also state that the societies should choose a specific day for vegetable vendors and grocery sales in the premises and maintenance personnel like plumbers, electricians for planned work in residents’ houses to minimise the spread of the virus.

Mirror had previously reported that the TMC had passed an order allowing housing societies to repurpose their club houses and halls to function as isolation centers. The civic chief on Thursday assured all housing societies that the TMC would assist them with PPE kits and other protective gear, as well as doctors and medical equipment required to run these facilities. The civic body now has over 12,000 people in across the city, the civic chief said.

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