08/20/2020, 13.36
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Pune: 45 destitute women recover in three weeks from COVID-19 at the Mother Teresa Home

by Nirmala Carvalho

The home, founded in 1995, caters to poor destitute beggar women. Many residents were quarantined at the home; others were taken to hospital. Thanks to Providence, the superior did not get sick, although she took care of everyone. Priests, religious and lay volunteers helped the sick during the quarantine. India has reported so far 2,836,925 cases with 53,866 deaths.

Pune (AsiaNews) – In India, COVID-19 has spread fast. So far, 2,836,925 cases have been reported with 53,866 deaths. However, “All the [destitute] women at the Mother Teresa Home in Pune are now coronavirus-free. Thank God!" said an upbeat Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona (Pune), speaking to AsiaNews.

The Mother Teresa Home is located on Tadiwala Road. Out of 70 residents, all poor and destitute women, 45 had tested positive for the virus. As of today, they are all negative.

The first coronavirus case at the home was discovered on 1 August. Following this, all 70 residents were tested, 45 of whom resulted positive. Most were quarantined in the same building; others were admitted to hospital.

For the bishop, “It is indeed a special blessing of the Almighty that the superior of the Home escaped the wrath of the coronavirus and remained until now coronavirus negative, safe and sound. It is indeed an act of Divine Providence which made it possible for her to take care of the Home in such a difficult situation.”

Another "act of Providence" was the voluntary work of so many people – priests, nuns, believers – who took care of the sick and their needs during the quarantine.

“There are always many people in the world ready to be generous and support these good works,” said Bishop Dabre.

The Missionaries of Charity have three facilities in the Diocese of Poona, taking care of the poor, the destitute, orphans, and the disabled.

"Their presence and mission in the diocese are a great blessing from God,” explained the prelate. They provide “spiritual support and are a powerful inspiration to reach out to the needy and marginalised”.

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