Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced a Group of specialists in Paediatrics to frame protocols and handhold private hospitals for enhancing paediatric beds and treatment protocols while rolling out a detailed action plan in preparation of a possible third wave of coronavirus in the state.
The Group will comprise specialists from GMCs, Department of Health, PGI, and IAP Punjab Chapter, said Captain Amarinder Singh, while directing the Health and Medical Education departments to put into action a comprehensive plan to deal with the next wave, if and when it comes.
Chairing a coronavirus review meeting, Punjab CM took stock of the preparations underway for the third wave and ordered the creation of storage capacities for Oxygen for a minimum of three days in all Government Medical Colleges, with piped O2 to be made available in all government hospitals.
At least 375 MT Oxygen should be available with the state at any given time, he said, stressing the need to prepare for peak supply logistics.
Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan informed the meeting that the state had received 500 Oxygen concentrators today against the World Bank Loan for Water Surface Supply projects, and another 2500 were on the way.
Captain Amarinder also directed all DCs to identify Paediatric Covid L2 and L3 Beds in Private Sector (at least 1000), with experts to advise the district administration on Paediatric Treatment Protocol/ Medicines.
Amid indications of the damage caused by the 3rd wave in some countries as much as 25 percent higher than the 2nd wave, the Chief Minister ordered the creation of surge capacity, with plugging of gaps, if any, in equipment, recruitment of doctors, specialists, nurses, technicians, etc.
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