Mumbai mayor dons uniform to cheer up nurses during hospital visit

A staunch Bal Thackeray fan, Pednekar herself worked as a nurse before joining Shiv Sena in 1992

After the visit to the hospitals, Pednekar said there had been a significant drop in the number of containment zones in Mumbai. Photo: Twitter

Officials paying surprise visits to hospitals is very common. But for nurses at the BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai, it was a different surprise on Monday (April 27). The mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Kishori Pednekar, visited the hospital donning a nurse’s uniform to convey to the nurses there that she was one among them.

More than an official duty, it was a back-to-work moment for Pednekar as she had been a nurse before joining Shiv Sena in 1992. Pednekar interacted with nursing staff at the BYL Nair and Sion hospitals regarding the COVID-19 challenges they face. She also ensured that she maintained social distancing with the staff.

Only on April 20, she went into self-quarantine for a week, after coming in contact with some journalists, who had tested positive for COVID-19. However, she tested negative for the disease. As many as 53 media persons had then been infected with the virus in Mumbai.

After the visit to the hospitals, Pednekar said there had been a significant drop in the number of containment zones in Mumbai. As many as 231 zones are out of the list of containment zone after they had not reported a single COVID-19 positive case in the last 14 days, she said. Pednekar had served as a corporator in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation thrice before being elected as the Mayor in 2018.

As of 5 pm on April 27, Mumbai has witnessed 8,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19. While 1,188 persons have been recovered, 342 people have died of the disease.

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