Pune, 14th June 2021: The Pune Divisional Commissioners office held a press conference with reporters from the Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad city, and Pune district, to inform them about steps being taken to handle a possible third wave of Coronavirus disease (COVID19) and its impact on children.
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil, Pune Municipal Corporation’s Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal, Pune Divisional Task Force Head and HoD of Pediatric Department, BJMGC, Dr Aarti Kinikar, and State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradip Awate were present along with other officers and members.
In this meeting, PCMC Commissioner Rajesh Patil said, “Similar to the task force headed by Dr Kinikar for the division, PCMC also plans to set up a dedicated task force under Dr Deepali Ambike of Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital. Necessary infrastructure and medicine inventory is being created for the third wave.”
Subsequently, Patil emphasized the need for an awareness campaign for children, PCMC will be training a batch of school children for counselling other children. Doctors will be there with them if further consultation is needed. A serosurvey of ten thousand people from all age groups will be done in the PCMC area.
PMC Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal said, “The work of the Covid Care Centre (CCC) at Baner will be completed soon. PMC has planned dedicated beds for children under the ward offices. Infrastructure is being boosted up for that. In Pune city, a total of 1150 Covid beds are available in addition to ten thousand beds of government hospitals and CCC.”
Dr Kinikar talked about the fact that most children who get infected are asymptomatic and even so, they must not be treated without a doctor’s advice.
Dr Awate informed that the government will keep CCC open and ensure a proper supply of oxygen. They are also trying to set up oxygen plants at 487 hospitals across the state.