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Mumbai preps for third wave: Pediatric COVID centres, 6,500 oxygen beds, 1,500 ICU beds to be set up-India News , Firstpost

Aaditya acknowledged that because the virus mutates and targets totally different age teams, the response to it also needs to evolve

File picture of Aaditya Thackeray. PTI

As Maharashtra continues to battle the second wave of the COVID-19 , state minister Aaditya Thackeray has steered establishing a pediatric COVID care ward and a creche community in Mumbai earlier than the third wave hits.

Aaditya mentioned he met Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Additional Municipal Commissioner (AMC) Sanjeev Jaiswal and mentioned the measures taken to organize for the third wave.

“Along with the paediatric covid care centre, another aspect we are now focussed on is to create a network of crèches for those parents who may have to be in COVID care centres and may not have support to look after their children, who aren’t infected by COVID,” Aaditya mentioned in sequence of tweets.

This comes as specialists warn that the third wave is more likely to hit youngsters and on the identical day that every day COVID-19 circumstances in Maharashtra dropped beneath 50,000 for the primary time in 30 days.

“Third wave might be extra critical for kids from Zero to 18 years of age. The 0-18 age group consists of 30 p.c of complete inhabitants of India and herd immunity is inconceivable with out vaccinating such a serious half,” paediatrician and vice-president of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) Dr Vinky Rughwani instructed The Times of India. Rughwani mentioned that youngsters within the 6-12 age group might be weak.

Aaditya acknowledged that because the virus mutates and targets totally different age teams, the response to it also needs to evolve. “Since last year, our jumbo COVID care centres also have units of covid positive dialysis, COVID positive maternity care as well,” he mentioned.

Aditya additional mentioned that greater than 6,500 oxygen beds and roughly 1500 extra ICU/ HDU beds will probably be added within the subsequent few days on the new Jumbo COVID centres developing within the monetary capital.

The minister mentioned that he, together with Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar, guardian minister Aslam Shaikh, is dedicated to constructing capability whereas guaranteeing the protection of residents with measures for COVID acceptable behaviour.

On Monday, Mumbai witnessed simply 2,662 circumstances, the bottom in a month. However, solely 23,542 assessments carried out within the metropolis as in comparison with 37,607 on 1 May, as per Free Press Journal.

Between April 26 until 3 May, the check counting fee ranged principally between 30,000 to 45,000, as per the report.

Mumbai’s BMC has drawn reward from Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of Maharashtra’s COVID Task Force, for not dismantling the COVID-19 centres, as per Indian Express.

“Couple of things worked for Mumbai. BMC did not dismantle makeshift jumbo facilities like BKC. When the tsunami (second wave) hit us, it changed its geographical location. The first wave came from the slum population, now it is predominantly coming from high-rises and housing societies. Now, demand for treatment in private hospitals has increased,” he added.

“Around the first week of April, we were facing a similar situation as Delhi is currently witnessing. But what BMC did was it rapidly ramped up the beds… it added 3,000 beds in a few days, easing the pressure on the existing private healthcare care sector,” Joshi. instructed the newspaper.

Last week, after collaborating in a overview assembly with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Health Minister Rajesh Tope had mentioned that as per epidemiologists, Maharashtra may witness a 3rd wave of COVID-19 in July or August.

“Maharashtra is attempting to be self-sufficient when it comes to availability of medical oxygen by then. It has been mentioned the state may attain the plateau degree of COVID-19 circumstances by the tip of May. If it’s hit by a 3rd wave in July or August, it could improve the challenges earlier than the state administration,” he had mentioned.

On the eve of Maharashtra’s Foundation Day, the chief minister had additionally mentioned that the state authorities is gearing as much as deal with the third wave. Thackeray had mentioned {that a} stricter lockdown will not be wanted within the state as the newest restrictions had helped comprise the every day spike in coronavirus circumstances.

With inputs from PTI

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