Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday emphasised imparting training to doctors and healthcare workers in special paediatric care in view of a possible third wave of COVID-19.
Moreover, Patnaik focussed on scaling up the ongoing vaccination to 3 lakh per day.
With public health experts predicting an increased risk to children in the third wave, Patnaik directed officials to remain prepared to deal with the situation.
Reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the State via video conferencing, the CM said doctors and health workers will be trained in paediatrics care in order to develop special Covid medical facilities for children.
The Chief Minister also suggested preparations in advance as per the recommendations of the Technical Taskforce committee set up in anticipation of the third wave.
Patnaik asked officials to increase the daily vaccination to Rs 3 lakh from the existing 1.5 lakh in the State.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra said 1114 doctors and 1036 health workers from community health centres to medical colleges level will be trained in handling child Covid patients.
Mohapatra said 3000 beds, 2390 isolation beds and 610 ICU beds have been kept ready to deal with the third wave.
Mohapatra further informed that the fourth sero survey will be launched in Ganjam, Koraput and Rayagada districts from mid-June and special information about children will be collected.
Mohapatra said that at present 86 per cent of the Covid patients in the state are being treated at home while 68 per cent of the beds in the hospital are vacant.