Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha prepares itself for an anticipated Covid third wave, people in districts having positivity rate of less than 5 per cent can expect some relaxations during the unlock process, said Health Services Director, Bijay Mohapatra on Wednesday.
“Already discussions are underway to provide some relaxations in the unlock process especially for the districts having a test positivity rate below 5 percent,” said Mohapatra.
According to Mohapatra, there could be a third wave of Covid-19 during September-October and children and adolescent population might get affected during that period. The experts say that children will be affected but the infection won’t be of severe.
The Odisha government has decided to keep all the requisite infrastructure ready to provide treatment to the vulnerable population.
According to Mohapatra, the State government has decided to increase beds and ICU facilities as paediatric treatment is different from treating adults.
“We are preparing for the third wave by roping in paediatric doctors. Similarly, training will also be imparted to paramedics, nurses and other doctors. Our plan is to make available the required workforce and keep the infrastructure ready,” Mohapatra added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha government has approved several recommendations of the Technical Committee, headed by DMET, for paediatric care in the event of a third wave. In a letter, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra has directed all Collectors and CDMOs to make advance preparations including creation of designated wing in existing Covid hospitals and reserving 15 % ICU beds for children.
Clear directions have also been issued to make provision for 155 beds and 65 NICU in the existing 7 medical colleges and hospitals in the State.