BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now planned to conduct a health check-up camp for all the 2,040 beneficiaries who became victims to the fake COVID-19 vaccination drive organised in Mumbai. It has decided to conduct an antibody test on them. It will, in the meantime, also be checking the authenticity of the vaccination certificates issued by sending them to the central government for verification.
Medical officers have been directed to organise the health check-up camps. “Next week, we will be conducting antibody tests on all the beneficiaries who were given saline water in a fake vaccination drive as per the preliminary report. We are waiting for the health status of all the beneficiaries to see whether they have any side effects. Meanwhile, we will be sending all the COVID-19 vaccination certificates to the central government to verify their authenticity. We will then administer the vaccine to them,” said Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, BMC,
Moreover, last week, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced that the state government will conduct an antibody test on the victims in the first week of July. After the test, the state will inform the central government and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) about the same and ensure that all get vaccinated.
Residents of Hiranandani Heritage Society in Kandivali decided to undergo antibody tests on their own. Only 7 to 8 people have developed antibodies. The rest have tested negative for antibodies.
The Mumbai Police, on Thursday, requested BMC to cancel the license of Shivam Hospital involved in the fake COVID-19 vaccination camp racket. The police have made 13 arrests so far, including Dr Manish Tripathi, Rajesh Pandey and Rahul Dubey for cheating people by administering saline water at a vaccination camp in the Kandivali housing society. According to the police’s investigation, beneficiaries who were vaccinated through their drives between May 25 and June 6 have been administered saline water.