With medical experts around the world suggesting that the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic would affect children the most, the Maharashtra government has decided to create a Covid Pediatric Task Force.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Health Minister Rajesh Tope made the announcements.
“Experts fear that children will hit hard during the third wave … that’s why we’re forming a working group made up of experts and pediatricians,” Thackeray said.
“A Covid Task Force of pediatricians will be formed immediately to treat the Covid-19 infections, especially in children, to establish the pediatric treatment protocols, etc.”, Tope said.
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The state has recorded 1,49,224 infections to date in children aged 1-10 and 3,38,397 in the 11-20 age group, accounting for a total of 9.97 percent of the state’s total caseload, with a majority that has not yet been approved for vaccination by the center.
Mumbai suburban district minister Aaditya Thackeray asked the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ramp up facilities for children earlier this week.
Dr. Tatyarao Lahane, the director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), said steps are now being taken based on first and second wave experiences.
At government level, all division commissioners, district commissioners and municipal commissioners have been brought to the attention and asked to make the necessary preparations.
At the same time, there are projections that the medical oxygen demand would be high and therefore production in the state is being increased from the existing 1,200 tons to 3,000 tons.