According to an exclusive investigation by the Times of India, “paediatric facilities — physicians, personnel, equipment like ventilators, ambulances, etc. — are nothing near what may be required in the event that a large number of youngsters become infected.” The report was delivered to the PMO.
Meanwhile, in a suggestion given with the government last month, the committee led by NITI Aayog member VK Paul advised arranging 23 hospitalizations for every 100 positive patients in the event of a potential Covid-19 infection rise. This estimate is greater than the group’s forecast given in September 2020 before the second wave, when it estimated that around 20% of patients with “severe/moderately severe” symptoms would require hospitalisation, according to The Indian Express.
Following the devastation caused by the Covid-19 second, the proposal to put up a higher number of hospital beds is based on the trend witnessed from April to June of this year. According to reports, at its height, on June 1st, when the active caseload throughout the country was 18 lakh, 21.74 percent of patients needed hospitalisation in the ten states with the most cases, with 2.2 percent of them in ICU. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Friday that the government is well prepared to deal with a probable third wave of COVID-19 and that a budget of Rs 23,123 crore has been established for this purpose. He stated that a specific emphasis is being placed on enhancing paediatric care because of concerns that the third wave may disproportionately harm youngsters.
Experts believe that the third wave may disproportionately harm children, therefore the special focus is being placed on enhancing paediatric care, he added. Some scientists have cautioned that the third wave of COVID-19 may have a greater impact on youngsters, while others say there is no reason to trust this idea. However, experts agree that the country’s paediatric Covid services need to be improved.