“Why are you going to the workplace day by day?” Pune’s extra municipal commissioner Rubal Agarwal’s seven-year-old son requested her quickly after the nationwide lockdown was first imposed on March 25. He was beneath the impression that solely medical doctors and law enforcement officials needed to report back to responsibility, Agarwal, mentioned. That night, nevertheless, her son and her husband Prakher Agrawal, employed at an IT firm, welcomed her house with a card and a few selfmade delicacies — clearly the daddy and son had had a heart-to-heart.
An Indian Administrative Companies officer of 2008 batch, Agarwal is liable for bringing the Covid-19 pandemic beneath management in Pune, as she supervises the well being division of the Pune Municipal Company (PMC) and is the chief government officer of Pune Good Metropolis Growth Company Restricted (PSCDCL).
The PSCDCL is liable for updating figures: Covid-19 constructive sufferers, deaths and people recovered. Additionally it is tasked with maintaining monitor of the surveys carried out among the many metropolis residents, and speaking the outcomes to the involved companies.
With Pune being one of many outstanding hotspots of the illness within the nation — it has recorded 1890 instances until Might 4 — the PMC’s employees of 15,000 is within the forefront of town’s response. “All our 42 departments are working round the clock to supply back-up companies other than our medical groups, engineers and clerical employees,” mentioned Agarwal.
The PMC has established a Command Management Conflict Room on the Good Metropolis workplace. Loads of emphasis is positioned on knowledge crunching to hint and monitor areas the place the coronavirus instances are rising from, Agarwal mentioned. “We’re maximising our efforts in these areas from the place the utmost variety of constructive instances are rising and endeavor intensive surveys and testing. That is the explanation why Pune began getting extra constructive sufferers,” she mentioned.
Agarwal’s day begins at 6 am, with surya namaskar. Even after she returns from within the night, work continues until midnight. Agarwal, like a number of of her ilk, has been placing in a minimum of 14 to 18 hours of labor a day because the pandemic started to brush by way of the nation.
With the well being division falling beneath her cost, she recurrently evaluations the employees and the contact tracing efforts of constructive sufferers, in addition to taking good care of quarantined individuals. “I’m additionally required to go to hospitals devoted to Covid-19,” mentioned Agarwal, mentioning that because the variety of constructive instances was growing in Pune, the variety of quarantine amenities and isolation beds was being stepped up. Presently, Pune has 17,000 beds.
As soon as out of the home, she makes use of masks and gloves and PPE (private protecting gear) whereas visiting hospitals. Her greatest concern is staffing. If the numbers of constructive sufferers improve, extra medical employees might be wanted, Agarwal mentioned. “From the place ought to I deliver them if the state of affairs worsens?” she requested.
“That is, undoubtedly, essentially the most difficult state of affairs in my profession and life; however I’m assured we are going to win this battle in opposition to Covid-19,” she mentioned.