Ahmedabad prepares for third wave of Covid-19, conducts pediatric investigation


Ahead of the potential third wave of COVID-19, the Ahmedabad administration has undertaken surveillance work and is conducting a pediatric investigation to identify the most vulnerable children in order to make timely arrangements for their protection.

Speaking to ANI, health worker Sandhya Rathod said: “We have started screening children 0-5 years old. We have 206 teams of ASHA and Anganwadi workers. They investigate around 250 homes a day.

“We maintain a separate list of children suffering from malnutrition and other serious illnesses. In the case of the third wave, we can reverse the quarantine of the high risk group. I have five teams in Sanand with two doctors and a female health worker on each team, ”she said.

Ahmedabad District Development Officer (DDO) Arun Mahesh Babu told ANI that children have been classified into three age groups and their data has been collected.

“We classified the children into the age groups 0-5, 5-10 and 10-15 and took their data from the departments of child and women’s development and education. We will keep children in the red category which will be priority, less vulnerable in yellow and low vulnerability in the green category, “said the official.

“In the event that a variant affecting children is detected, children in the red category will be given priority for reverse quarantine, followed by children in the yellow and green categories,” he added.

He further said that pediatric surveys would help update data and identify the most vulnerable children.

“Health infrastructure will also be improvised based on this survey. Arrangements are made for pediatric ventilators, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in public hospitals. Currently, we are in talks with 20 pediatric hospitals. for such provisions and 14 pediatricians have been identified. Pediatric training is also underway in 16 medical schools, ”added DDO.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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