Minister said he is engaged with civic administration to ‘prepare for third wave capacity building in Maharashtra’

As Maharashtra shows signs of leveling off COVID-19 cases, the Mumbai Civic Administration has been tasked with starting preparations to anticipate the third wave of coronavirus, with a particular focus on pediatric services.

Mumbai City Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray said he was in talks with civic administration to “prepare for third wave capacity building in Maharashtra”.

“I suggested that she create a pediatric care unit for COVID-19 by anticipating the next wave and the demographics it might target. Along with the covid pediatric care center, another aspect that we are now focusing on is creating a network of nurseries for parents who may need to be in covid care centers and who may not have support to look after them. their children, who are not infected with covid, ”Aaditya Thackeray wrote on Twitter after meeting with Additional Municipal Commissioner Subodh Jaiswal of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

He added that the civic administration as well as the state government was focused on increasing the capacity to care for COVID-19.

“Since last year, our jumbo covid care centers also have covid + ve dialysis units, as well as covid + ve maternity care. As the virus mutates and targets different age groups, our response must also actively mutate. Mumbai saw a massive peak last month and has maintained it due to the constant increase in the capacity of beds and facilities. We are now focusing on creating almost 6,500 O2 beds and around 1,500 more ICU / HDU beds in the next few days at new jumbos to come, ”he tweeted.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his meeting with district collectors last week, ordered all district administrations to become self-sufficient over oxygen supply in the event of a third wave of coronavirus, expected in August or September. Instructions have been issued to build oxygen factories at tehsil level.

Sena MP writes to Modi

Shiv Sena Lok Sabha member Rahul Shewale also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister, urging them to take a serious look at the growing infection in children under 10. “The Indian Academy of Pediatrics has also expressed concern over the number of children infected. In Maharashtra, from March 1 to April 4, a total of 60,684 children tested positive for COVID-19. Of these 9,882 people are under five years old. in the Mumbai metropolitan area 20% of the total patients are children, ”he wrote in the letter.

Mr Shewale stressed that no vaccine is currently available to protect children from the virus. “It is important that timely action is taken and that pharmaceutical companies across the country are also encouraged to make vaccines suitable for children,” he said.