Covid third wave may hit kids, BMC prepares pediatric wards | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: Making ready for a 3rd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which is anticipated to hit children, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Company (BMC) and Maharashtra authorities are gearing up by organising pediatric Covid care wards within the metropolis and elsewhere, officers mentioned on Tuesday.
Taking an early initiative, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray final week directed all district collectors and municipal commissioners within the state to be prepared for the Covid third onslaught which can additionally hit kids in a giant means.

Tourism minister Aditya Thackeray who’s guardian minister of Mumbai suburban district has held discussions with BMC mayor Kishori Pednekar, extra municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and different high officers on this regard.
Amongst different issues, he prompt to the BMC to create separate pediatric Covid care wards anticipating the following wave and the demographics it could goal.
“Since final 12 months, our jumbo Covid care centres even have items of Covid +ve dialysis and maternity care as effectively. Because the virus mutates and targets completely different age teams, our response to it should actively mutate as effectively,” mentioned Aditya Thackeray.
As per newest well being information of the Public Well being Division, almost two-thirds of the state’s infections reported now are in age teams beneath 50, with the best new circumstances reported within the 31-40 age (22.09 per cent), 41-50 years (18.15 per cent), 21-30 age (17.51 per cent).
Kids within the 0-10 years account for 3.04 per cent, and older children-and teenagers within the 10-20 years are greater than double at 6.80 per cent, of the state’s new circumstances, giving rise to very large issues because the scenario is vastly completely different from the 2020 first Covid-19 hit.
The pediatric Covid care ward is slated to come back up on the NESCO Jumbo Covid Care Centre in Goregaon east suburb of Mumbai and 700 beds are anticipated to be added.
This would come with 300 for a devoted pediatric Covid care ward comprising Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with a capability of 25 beds every to cater to the infants who possibly hit.
Other than that, the BMC is planning to construct 4 oxygen vegetation and preserve of satisfactory inventory of medicines like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections, masks, PPE kits, and many others.
“Within the 2020 first wave largely the grownup and senior residents had been affected. Within the present second wave (from February 2021) younger males/girls and kids are additionally getting affected. We’ve to be alert for the third wave. Additionally we’ve to account for the truth that the vaccination drive has not but been opened for the under-18 age teams,” a senior BMC official expressed his issues, requesting anonymity.
Moreover wide-ranging consultations shall be held with the Covid-19 process power, medical consultants and different stakeholders, on the methods that should be adopted for the third wave, more likely to slam the state round July, as warned by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar lately.

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