Updated: May 30, 2021 11:07:56 pm
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to reserve 252 ICU beds and 82 ventilator beds in private hospitals in the city for children ahead of a third Covid-19 wave, which is expected to impact children, according to experts.
The civic administration had started preparations for a dedicated Covid treatment facility for paediatric care at the civic-owned Rajiv Gandhi Hospital in Yerawada by setting up 160 oxygen beds and 40 ICU beds. It has also decided to reserve beds for children at the Jumbo hospital on CoEP ground and Baner Hospital, as well as oxygen beds for pregnant women at its Sonawane hospital.
“As experts have predicted that the third Covid wave could affect children, the PMC is preparing for treatment of paediatric patients at civic hospitals. There should not be a shortage of paediatric beds so the PMC has planned to increase such beds in all five zones of the civic body by reserving beds in private hospitals,” said a civic health officer.
He added that the PMC has witnessed an increase in the number of children getting infected with Covid-19 in the second wave as compared to the first wave. The PMC has set up a task force for paediatric treatment for Covid-19 and also started recruiting paediatricians in civic hospitals on a contract basis.
The capacity of beds for patients of all ages is being increased in the city by setting up a new hospital in Baner with 150 oxygen beds and 60 ICU beds as well as 50 oxygen beds in Magar Hospital. The PMC has also decided to set up oxygen generation plants in all civic hospitals treating Covid-19 patients.
In an appeal, the administration has urged parents to carry out regular vaccination of their children to protect them from infectious disease. “There has been reluctance on the part of parents to take their child to hospitals, which are currently catering to Covid-19 patients. Parents should complete regular vaccination of their children,” said the officer.
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