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CHD urges Delhi govt to safeguard homeless in shelters amid COVID-19 outbreak

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CHD urges Delhi govt to safeguard homeless in shelters amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Centre for Holistic Development (CHD) has urged the Government of Delhi to follow an action plan to safeguard the homeless as the homeless population is at ‘high risk’ of getting infected with COVID-19 due to cohabiting in close proximity to each other.

The CHD raising arguments in order to nmake Delhi Government safeguard the homeless said,  the homeless city dwellers live at shelters run by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and in close proximity to each other, hence, are at a greater risk of contracting the virus.

The CHD said, “There must be immediate testing of all individuals inside shelters. Recovery vans must be used to transport individuals to the nearest hospitals. Doctors from closest public hospitals can visit shelter facilities to conduct tests.”

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Further, the Department said that the caretakers deployed around shelter homes must wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their face with unclean hands. “The DUSIB must provide disinfectants for sanitising living and toilet facilities at shelters,” CHD added.

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