Mumbai Covid-19 News:Mumbai undoubtedly was one of the few cities in India to have handled the second wave much neater and cleaner than its first wave catastrophe and other states handling the second wave. And, now the city and the state are gearing up to fight off the imminent third wave, in advance than any other states that might target the children of age 11-15.
Now the city is busy building up four new mammoth sized centres across the city with care units for children with COVID-19 positive cases with the country’s top pediatricians being part of the special task force in responsibility.
Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh:
Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh in an interaction with Reuters told “We have started preparing for that…one should move faster than the virus” when he was questioned how children might stay alone in care centres without the accompany of their mothers.
Mr. Iqbal Chahal also says that the four pediatric care centres will be as good as hospitals, can house more than a thousand children along with a parent and with Intensive Care Units which will be available well before the beginning of third wave cases in Maharashtra. Mumbai’s governing body is also in talks with private hospitals to increase numbers of pediatric beds.
Iqbal Chahal was handpicked by Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray himself to lead the city through the pandemic, last year. Under the lead of Chahal, 24 war rooms were set up throughout the city to decentralise and distribute responses equally.
Dr.Suhas Prabhu will lead a pediatric task force to train at least 660 pediatricians on how to treat COVID-19 positive children. Mr.Prabhu says that children might not be affected greatly as much as we expect, but since that is the only age group left to be affected yet, we must not be caught off guard at any time then.