As Maharashtra battles the second wave of COVID-19, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government is also making inroads to minimise the impact of a possible third wave, especially as more than 8,000 children contracted COVID-19 in May, in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar.
According to reports, a COVID-19 ward for children is being prepared in Maharashtra’s Sangli district where 5 children are being treated currently.
NDTV quoted corporator Abhijit Bhosale as saying, “We have prepared this Covid ward for kids so that if and when the third wave comes, we are prepared. And kids will not feel they are in a hospital but instead will feel they are in a school or a nursery.”
Authorities of the state recently also went on high alert when they found at least 8,000 children and teenagers tested positive for the coronavirus in Ahmednagar in May, estimating for about 10 percent of the cases in the district.
“In May alone 8,000 kids got positive. This is worrying,” Ahmednagar district chief Rajendra Bhosale said. Meanwhile, MLA Sangram Jagtap said, “During the second wave, there was a shortage of beds and oxygen. So, we need to avoid that during the third wave and hence need to fully prepare ourselves.”