Updated: June 13, 2021 10:10:23 am
Around 14 per cent of the total active Covid-19 cases in the city are of patients below 18 years of age, according to data shared by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which is busy scaling up the health infrastructure for treatment of paediatric patients in light of warning by some experts that the likely third wave might affect children more.
Data showed that as many as 484 children are among active patients of Covid-19 in the city as on June 9 with 71 of them recuperating in hospitals. Of these, nine are on oxygen support.
Between March 1 and June 9 this year, 26,292 children tested positive for Covid-19 – making up 9.73 per cent of the total number of 2,70,337 people hit by the second wave of the pandemic in the city.
“The number of children getting infected with Covid-19 is higher in the second wave as compared to the first. Experts, too, have alerted that the third wave will affect more children. As of now, we have sufficient beds but we are giving priority to increasing the number of beds for children in case there is a further rise in cases,” said a civic official.
The recovery rate among children, though, is high at 98.13 per cent with nine children (0.03 per cent) succumbing to the infection in the period.
To combat the possible third wave, Pune civic body has planned 29 health facilities for the treatment of children with Covid-19. Besides, it has decided to reserve a total of 573 beds, including 65 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 48 ventilators, for paediatric patients.
In all, PMC has 206 health facilities with around 12,000 beds for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. These include 767 ventilators, 624 ICU beds, 6,402 oxygen beds and 3,384 beds without oxygen support.
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