PCMC sets up Pediatric COVID Task Force, hospital audit underway

Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation on Tuesday established a six-person Pediatric Task Force of expert physicians from public and private hospitals. The Task Force has started an audit of the hospitals in the industrial city.

City Commissioner Rajesh Patil announced on Tuesday the creation of the Task Force which will be led by Dr. Deepali Ambike, Head of the Pediatrics Department at YCM Hospital. Other physicians on the Task Force include Dr. Sharad Agarkhedkar from Dr. DY Patil Medical College and Hospital, Dr. Rahul Kalyanpurkar from Aditya Birla Hospital, Dr. Sudhir Malvade from Unique Hospital, Dr. Manoj Patil and Dr. Sandeep Shinde from Sterling. Hospital.

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“Because experts have predicted a third wave in which children are likely to be most affected, the PCMC has taken steps to address such a situation. We have established a six-person Task Force of expert paediatricians to decide on treatment, intensive care management and other preventive measures. The Task Force will provide guidance in the treatment of the children, ”said the PCMC chief.

Dr. Ambike told The Indian Express that the Task Force’s first task is to audit hospitals. “Conducting an audit does not involve physical verification of the hospital, but trying to determine the number of hospitals treating children, isolated pediatric hospitals and the availability of pediatric wards, oxygen and ventilation equipment in the ICU,” she said.

Dr. Ambike said that as the Pediatric Covid Taskforce was created in anticipation of the third wave that could affect children more than previous waves, the Task Force will develop treatment protocols according to the guidelines of the Government of India and implement them in all hospitals treating children. .

Dr. Ambike said they will use all private pediatricians in Pimpri-Chinchwad. “Recruiting manpower will be a challenge, especially trained doctors and nurses for childcare and treatment. We will have to check the availability of
equipment such as ventilators and drugs such as methylprednisolone immunoglobulins, ”she said.

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