COVID-19: MHA panel warns of third wave peak in October: INDIA: In a report submitted to the PMO, the committee spoke of the critical need for child facilities if a large number of children are infected with the virus.
A committee set up by the Union Home Ministry has said that by October the third wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) disease will have reached its peak and children will be as severely affected as adults.
In a report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the committee noted the critical need for pediatric facilities, including equipment such as doctors, staff, and ventilators, and ambulances, if a large number of children become ill. Virus. It stated that the available infrastructure was “nowhere near as necessary” as it should be.
According to a report in the Times of India, the expert committee was set up under the National Disaster Management Agency (NIDM) of the MHA. Experts have written about the preference for a vaccine drive against the virus in children with comorbidities and special needs.
While the country drug regulators have approved the ZyCoV-D vaccine of Zydus Cadillac for children over 12 years of age, the drive has not yet begun. Earlier, Union Health Minister Mansukhman had suggested that children start taking their doses against the virus from September.
An expert study entitled ‘Third Wave Preparedness: Children’s Vulnerability and Recovery’ found that, like many other related works, children may not be infected with the virus and may pass it on to others.
In their recommendations, experts say a “holistic home care model, an immediate increase in pediatric medical capabilities and a focus on mental health issues in children” is crucial at this time. They also proposed a model where caregiver wards could be built so that caregivers of infected children could stay safe with them during treatment.
Recently, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said that the central government was fully prepared to tackle the potential third wave and was giving special priority to strengthening child care.
A second wave of the virus earlier this year wreaked havoc in the country, with thousands of people dying due to the oxygen supply crisis, along with a lack of critical infrastructure, including ICU beds. The government thinks tank NITI Commission has recommended preparations for 23 hospitalizations for every 100 positive cases in the future epidemic outbreak.