Aaditya Thackeray suggests setting up a 'paediatric covid care ward' anticipating third COVID-19 wave

Maharashtra's Cabinet Minister took to Twitter to share the information and said that the recently met Mumbai's AMC, Sanjeev Jaiswal, to discuss the measures to be undertaken in the city.

Aaditya Thackeray suggests setting up a 'paediatric covid care ward' anticipating third COVID-19 wave

The state government of Maharashtra has already started the preparations to manage the thirs wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and anticipating the same, cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray recently met the officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to discuss the plan and measures.

The meeting was held on Monday, May 3, 2021, with BMC's Additional Municipal Commissioner (AMC) Sanjeev Jaiswal. Reports have stated that the third wave could affect the children and with an aim to manage the crisis, Aaditya Thackeray suggested the civic body to  create a pediatric COVID care ward in the city.

He shared the information on Twitter with a message that read, "As we prepare for 3rd wave capacity building in Maharashtra, I met AMC @SJaiswal_IAS ji to discuss the measures we’ve undertaken in Mumbai. I have suggested to him that we create a paediatric covid care ward anticipating the next wave and the demographic it may target. Along with 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, that aren’t infected by COVID."


Experts also believe that the third wave of coronavirus infection would have health effects on children and it could lead to serious health concerns for children between the age group of 0 and 18, which is 30 per cent of the total Indian population. Information regarding the same was shared with the Times of India by Paediatrician and vice-president of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) Dr Vinky Rughwani, who also emphasised on the need for vaccination, as it could help in containing the spread and managing the pandmic.

Adding more, Aaditya also reviewed the current preparations for the second COVID-19 wave, and asked the officials to add additional 6500 oxygen beds and 1500 more ICU/ HDU beds at the proposed Jumbo COVID centres in Mumbai.

Talking about the same, he confirmed that Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh and he are focused on developing the necessary centres in Mumbai for the safety of the citizens. His tweet said, "Mumbai saw a massive spike last month and sustained it because of constant capacity increase in beds & facilities.  We are now focussed on creating almost 6500 O2 beds and approximately 1500 more ICU/ HDU beds in the coming few days at the new jumbos coming up."

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