8-month baby, 5-YO test COVID positive in Odisha amid 3rd wave fear
Burla: Amidst apprehensions of children mainly to be infected in the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, two kids, including a 8-month baby have contracted the deadly virus in Odisha’s Sambalpur district.
As per reports, the infant and another 5-year-old were admitted to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) due to illness. When Rapid Antigen test was conducted on them, reports of both came out positive.
The kids are undergoing treatment in COVID-II ward of the hospital, said VIMSAR Medical Superintendent Dr Lal Mohan Nayak.
Meanwhile, the state Government claims to be all prepared to tackle situation in the impending third wave. As per Health and Family Welfare Department, necessary infrastructures have been kept ready, training is being given to doctors, nurses and other health workers to be involved in treatment of children.
Earlier on August 12, Health and Family Welfare Department Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra directed all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Director of Capital Hospital, Superintendents of medical colleges, CDMOs and PHOs to ensure capacity building for managing high number of cases expected during the third wave.
Mohapatra directed officials concerned to isolate 50% of existing lCUs, PICUs, NICUs and earmark the same for use to manage Paediatric COVID cases.