BMC launches survey in Mumbai to find children orphaned due to the pandemic

The State Women and Child Development (WCD) to look after all children who have lost their parents to COVID-19

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has rolled out a special survey in Mumbai to screen pandemic deaths and find those children who have lost both their parents to the COVID infection. The civic body has tasked each of its ward offices to conduct the inspection with the help of IT Department. All kids identified via this scrutiny will be looked after by the State Women and Child Development (WCD), read reports.

Addressing the corollary of covid-19 damage

With the pandemic ferocity under arrest, BMC has started to focus on the repercussions of the COVID-19 rage in Mumbai. The virus has plagued more than just the infected. The Additional Municipal Commissioner of BMC stated that until now, the civic body was working with the primary goal of curbing the case-rise but the contingencies of the same also need to be addressed.

Streamlined with the municipal orders, each civic ward in Mumbai will collate with all COVID as well as non-COVID deaths to find young kids who have been left orphaned due to the coronavirus hazard. A detailed report of this analysis will be sent to the WCD, who will offer assistance to such children. As per the Additional Commissioner, the tracing has begun in full force, however, no such case has come up so far. Once these pandemic victims are identified, the BMC will provide monetary aid and look into their rehabilitation, at priority.

Apart from the civic and state agencies, several NGOs, social workers and donors have also approached the BMC to seek details of such children to look after them. These outfits will assist to provide for the kids' education and other expenses even if they are staying with the relative or at the orphanage, the official informed.

Special provisions to look after the well-being of COVID orphans

Provisions will also be made to look at the mental trauma the children might be suffering with. The hysteria of the lockdown, death and disease are hitting kids' psychology hard, which required special attention, the state paediatric task force highlighted. This committee has further decided to detail a special chapter in their tracking module to trace mental trauma in children, that may have been looked over by families. It will also help those households who do not know how to handle the sensitive child.

Parallelly, the CM of Maharashtra has directed the state paediatric task force to work in collaboration of the WCD Department. He has instructed the agencies to come up with policies for children orphaned due to the pandemic, across the territory, to assist them to become self-dependent and complete their education.

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