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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Odisha government will be making special arrangements for the treatment of children in all Covid hospitals in the State in view of the possible third wave of the pandemic, said Director, Health Services Bijay Mohapatra on Monday.

The top health official also informed that the State Government will set up a Covid centre of excellence at the Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack at the earliest.

“It is expected that the third wave of Covid-19 is likely to reach its peak in October. Around 23 per cent of the infected children will be hospitalised during the period. Odisha Health Department is fully ready to meet with any kind of eventuality,” said Mohapatra.

Now we are having around 12 to 13 percent infection among children during the fag end of the second wave of the pandemic which had reached its peak after 64 days, said Mohapatra.

“Third wave is now approaching. We have to be fully prepared to keep more hospital beds and logistics ready as more children are likely to be affected during this period,” he said.

“Though the pandemic will not affect the children severely, people can’t be complacent. The State Health Department is analysing the daily infection rate among children to keep things under control,” the top health official added.

Meanwhile, Odisha reported 761 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours including 101 cases in below 18 years of age. Khordha registered the highest number of 289 cases followed by Cuttack (117).


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