With 8.5 lakh people living in cramped houses, Asia's largest slum, Dharavi in Mumbai was once a coronavirus hotspot.
But things turned around and it became successful in flattening the Covid-19 curve.
This story needs to be told. And recently WHO lauded the efforts and strategy that helped contain the spread of coronavirus in Dharavi.
Talking of examples from around the world, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of WHO, said:
There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control.
Further, mentioning Dharavi along with other countries that have been successful in breaking the chain, he said:
And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.
"In 🇻🇳🇰🇭🇹🇭🇳🇿🇮🇹🇪🇸 & 🇰🇷 & even in Dharavi, a densely packed area in Mumbai, a strong focus on community engagement & the basics of testing, tracing, isolating & treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission & suppressing the virus"-@DrTedros— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 10, 2020
Reports suggest that throughout June, Dharavi recorded an average of 18 new cases daily. Since July, the number of new cases have declined.
This recognition by the world's apex health organisation is a proud moment for Indians.
NAMASTE DHARAVI🙏🏻— Varsha Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) July 10, 2020
I am proud of all my DHARAVIANS as today we have set an example for the world as W.H.O has recognized and praised our efforts against this war against corona..Let's keep up the good work and we will fight in the most strongest way🙏🏻 https://t.co/dpln7QGsTq
we may have feared the spread shall be quite rapid and dangerous seeing the statistics of Dharavi, but when it comes to the will to defeat an problem nothing can stop the people 💯— Saksham (@babaFevicol) July 11, 2020
hats off to the #CoronaWarriors, you've proved what you're capable of!#Dharavi https://t.co/dZZsz6pe8M
Being the biggest slum in the world, they have shown us how to eradicate the virus. The people of Dharavi have shown us that money can't buy efforts and hardwork when you work as a team. #Mumbai https://t.co/mO77JHYckY— Betty Varghese (@Betty_BVarghese) July 11, 2020
Dharavi's success story is giving all of us the hope of coming out of this pandemic successfully.