Updated: July 20, 2021 8:30:10 am
BARELY A month since the special Covid care centre was inaugurated at Manchar in Ambegaon taluka of the district,11 children are under treatment at the facility.
Datta Ganjale, former sarpanch of Manchar, who along with his supporters started the centre, said the youngest patient at the facility is one-and-a-half- year-old and the oldest one is 16.
Towards the end of June, the centre was inaugurated by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Ganjale, whose 15-year-old daughter herself had tested positive for Covid-19, said the centre was specially designed for child patients so that they don’t get scared of the surroundings.
Decorated with bright colours and cartoon characters, the centre has 50 beds, of which five are equipped with oxygen support. The centre was made under the assumption that the third wave might see uptick of infections among children.
Since July, Ganjale said, the centre has seen child patients lining up. Of the 18 patients at the facility at present, 11 are children. In most cases, the parents of the child patients have also stayed with them as they too tested Covid positive. On Sunday, the first child patient, who was admitted 10 days ago, was released from the centre.
Ganjale said they have seen good awareness level about Covid and the need to get tested among local residents. “Even in case of slight fever, a child’s parents get him/her tested. Despite their fear about the disease, people are coming forward for test and treatment,” he added. Fever, cold and stomach pain are the most common symptoms of Covid-19 noted in children, Ganjale said.
Meanwhile, the Pune Zilla Parishad has increased their preparation and readiness to tackle any uptick in infections or the third wave. Ayush Prasad, CEO of the Pune Zilla Parishad, said: “Every taluka hospital has been instructed to start a paediatric ward and an ICU. Also, special training has been given to 119 paediatricians to tackle any rise in cases. At present, cases are low and most are being treated at Sassoon General Hospital.”
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