Maharashtra calls back police personnel above 55 from Covid-19 battle field

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The decision is in the light of death of three police personnel due to coronavirus disease. All the three who infected the virus while on duty were 57 yeaars of old. 

The Maharahstra government has decided to call back police personnel above 55 years of age with pre-existing ailments from the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.  Police personnel who are above 52 years of age and have existing medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension etc. have also been asked to stay at home for now.

News agency PTI reported that the Mumbai police have taken this decision as a precautionary measure taken in view of the deaths of three policemen in the last three days due to COVID-19 disease. Apart from this, 107 police personnel, including 20 police officers, have been tested positive for coronavirus in the state. Majority of them are from Mumbai Police.

The three police personnel who succumbed to the virus were 57-years-old. An analysis showed that the three deceased and the other police personnel currently undergoing treatment for coronavirus disease were above the age of 50, PTI quoted a senior Mumbai Police official as saying.

"In view of this, we have decided to protect our policemen and officers - who are above 55 years of age and having some pre-existing ailment - and asked them to take leave," he said.

"Because of their age, these police personnel are at a higher risk. Therefore, we are allowing them to take leave during these days," the official said.

Mumbai Police spokesperson and DCP Pranay Ashok said police personnel are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and have been risking their lives on streets.

"Our personnel are risking their lives daily to protect citizens. It is our priority to keep their personal health and immunity strong," he said.

Informing about various welfare measures for police personnel, the police officer said that staff at all police stations has been directed to do a 12-hour shift per day which will be followed a by 24-hour rest shift until May 3, when the coronavirus-enforced lockdown is expected to be lifted.

In a bid to boost immunity of Mumbai Police personnel, multi-vitamin and protein supplements are being provided to 20,000 of them, the officer said.

He further said that tablets of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an anti-malarial drug, are being given to 12,000 personnel under medical supervision. Moreover, adequate number of PPEs, face masks, hand sanitisers, gloves, face shields have been provided to all police personnel.

"Food packets, ration, hot water flasks, pandals at check points are also being provided to the police personnel on frontline duties," the officer said, adding that temporary accommodation facilities are also being provided.

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