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PCMC sets up Pediatric Covid Task Force, audit of hospitals underway

Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil announced the setting up of the task force, which will be headed by Dr Deepali Ambike, head of the Pediatric department at YCM Hospital, and comprise many prominent doctors from city hospitals.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: May 19, 2021 9:19:03 pm
Children at pediatric ward of YCM hospital

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation on Wednesday set up a six-member Pediatric Task Force of expert pediatricians from civic and private hospitals. The task force started an audit of hospitals across Pimpri-Chinchwad on Wednesday.

Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil announced the setting up of the task force, which will be headed by Dr Deepali Ambike, head of the Pediatric department at YCM Hospital, and comprise many prominent doctors from city hospitals.

“Since experts have a predicted a third wave in which children are likely to be the most affected, the PCMC has initiated measures to tackle such a situation. We have set up a six-member task force of expert pediatricians to decide on treatment, management of ICU beds and other preventive steps. The task force will provide guidance for treatment of children,” the PCMC chief said.

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Dr Ambike told The Indian Express on Wednesday that the first job before the task force was conducting an audit of hospitals. “This involves trying to find out the number of hospitals treating children… and availability of children’s wards, ICU facilities, oxygen and ventilators,” she said.

Dr Ambike said as the task force has been set up in anticipation of the third wave, which may affect children more than the previous waves, the Task Force will form treatment protocols as per the guidelines of the central government and execute them in all hospitals treating children.

“Recruiting manpower will be a challenge, especially trained doctors and nurses for child care and treatment. We will also have to check the availability of equipment like ventilators…,” she said.

She also highlighted the importance of educating parents through videos and webinars on precautions to be taken in the third wave to protect children against Covid-19.

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