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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

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  • Children below 18 years are likely to be affected more during the possible third wave as predicted by public health experts
  • As many as 3,000 additional beds including 610 ICU beds have been arranged for the treatment of the children in Odisha
  • Necessary drugs and health equipment are also in place to meet any kind of eventualities

Odisha Government has made necessary preparations to tackle the possible third wave of Covid-19 which is expected to hit the State in October-November, said Pradipta Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare.

“Children below 18 years are likely to be affected more during the possible third wave as predicted by public health experts. Therefore, the State Government is fully ready to tackle the situation. As many as 3,000 additional beds including 610 ICU beds have been arranged for the treatment of the children. Necessary drugs and health equipment are also in place to meet any kind of eventualities,” said Mohapatra.

The State Government is also emphasising on testing to put a curb on the pandemic.

“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has promised RT-PCR laboratories in all the districts of Odisha to accelerate testing. The laboratories have been established in more than half the districts of Odisha. We have set a target to set up the laboratories in the rest 13 districts of Odisha till August 15,” said Mohapatra adding that Oxygen plants will be set up at the medical college hospitals of all the districts soon.

ECMO is a crucial life-sustaining treatment for Covid patients. It is used primarily on patients who require oxygen support as it supports a patient’s heart and lungs. Odisha government has decided to set up as many as nine ECMO machines in the State, said Mohapatra.

“All the nine ECMO machines will be located in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. We have also recruited experts for the running of those machines and provided them proper training,” he added.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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