On the eve of International Labor Day, Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transmission Company (BEST) became the only organization in India whose officials were invited to speak at a global webinar on sustainable health development.
The webinar was organized to mark International Labor Day and was hosted by the United Nations Development Program with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other global agencies. UNDP and ILO commended BEST for its effective management of COVID-19 within the organization while reducing the rate of TB and HIV infection by a significant margin among its members.
Dr Anil Kumar Singhal – Chief Medical Officer (CMO) BEST, was invited to speak during the webinar, said the Western world was surprised at how the rate of infection in such a large public organization was declining in so little time.
“Along with Covid, we are also fighting deadly diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS. In 2005 tuberculosis and AIDS were included in the employee health and welfare policy, later in 2011 we reintroduced the policy jointly with the ILO by making changes, as a result of which the le infection rate in the organization started to drop, ”Singhal told FPJ on Saturday.
He mentioned in the webinar that the speakers were invited from countries like Kenya, Singapore, Thailand, etc. and after interacting with them, he realized that BEST is way ahead of many organizations around the world.
“Our organization has over 34,000 employees, the work of the workers is physically demanding, which is why it is difficult for us to bring the numbers down,” Singhal added.
Earlier in December, the ILO contacted BEST and praised the organization for handling Covid. During the lockdown imposed to contain the pandemic last year, BEST provided continued support to frontline workers and became Mumbai’s lifeline in the absence of local trains in the city.
Between April 2020 and May 2021, BEST reported 3,365 positive cases of which 3,210 patients have already recovered. BEST has a 95 percent recovery rate and there are currently only 45 active cases in the organization.