Corona Havoc: Children may be Affected Extensively in the Third Wave of Covid-19

After the second wave of Corona, it is now seeing a decrease, but health experts say that the country may be infected with the third wave after a few days.
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News

After the second wave of Corona, it is now seeing a decrease, but health experts say that the country may be infected with the third wave after a few days. At the time of the third wave, up to 35 percent of the country's population can be affected.

With this, it is also believed that the maximum victims of the third wave may be children and adolescents. Amid such apprehensions, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the states to submit statistics of health infrastructure for children to the Commission within a week.

Priyank Kanungo, president of NCPCR, said in a conversation, 'What is the condition of health infrastructure has come out in the second wave. The major problem with the shortage of health infrastructure is that the existing infrastructure is also not fully operational. The main reason for this is the lack of technical technicians in the medical system and a careless attitude. During the second wave, many such cases came to the fore when the ventilators kept blowing dust in the states, some ventilators remained idle for lack of repair.

He says, "That is why we have carefully asked the states for the health infrastructure figures so that there is no scope for excuses in times of need." Let the state be alert and from now on we can tell the central government what is the situation in which the state needs how much help? '

The Commission sent a detailed form, the states do not have the figures

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Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News

The Commission has sent a detailed form to the states, but the states will lose their sweat while filling the data in this form. In this, the states may not have much difficulty in collecting the data of total hospitals, nursing homes, first aid centers, doctors, nurses for the treatment of children, but it may be difficult for the states to collect further data. Indeed, the report in the public domain appears to be missing data on child health infrastructure. Therefore, it will not be easy for the states to give such a finite figure to the commission.

What figures did the commission demand from the states?

1-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit-NICU (Intensive Care Unit for 0 to 28 days children)

2- Sick Newborn Care Unit-SNCU (if any disease occurs within 28 days),

3-Pediatric Intensive Care Unit-PICU (for 0-18-year-olds) at present, how much is in the current condition, and how many selections have taken place.

4 – If a child comes to the hospital in critical condition then how many beds are in working condition.

5- How many ambulances are currently in operation for children.

6-Children's doctors are residential and how many doctors can be called.

7-How much paramedical staff are there at present.

22 medical equipment including an 8-oxygen concentrator, nebulizer, oximeter, transport ventilator, radiant warmer, bassinet, prolotherapy, laryngoscopy, suction pump, oxygen cylinder have also been asked about how many are still in working condition, and how many repaired and required. Statistics of child deaths in NICU, SICU, and PICU have also been sought in the last three years.

How big is the target of the third wave?

Estimates based on 2011 census data show that the population of children between 0-4 years of age is more than 11 million, which is about 11 percent of the total population. More than 12 crore population is children between 5-9. That is about 12.5 percent of the total population. The population of children between 10 and 14 years is also more than 12 crores, that is, about 12 percent. The population of adolescents aged 15–19 years is more than 10 crores i.e. around 10% of the total population.

According to the sample registration system released in 2019, 46.9 percent of the people in India are under 25 years of age. So based on the data of this report, the population coming under JD of the third wave will be around 35-38 percent. 'If you search the statistics of children's health infrastructure, you will get dizzy!'

Dr. Ashok Rai, President of Uttar Pradesh of the Indian Medical Association and National President of the Indian Academy of Child Development, says that 'Children's health system is completely different. For them, ventilators, intensive care units, and all kinds of other medical equipment are different. Not only the children's doctors are required for treatment, but the nurses working in the children's wards should also be trained differently. So do we have trained nurses for children here?

Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News
Source: Google / Image credit: ANI News

He further says, 'We have a huge shortage of pediatricians right now. There is no such figure, but there will be a very small number of trained nurses. He says, "The figures for children will be in the midst of public health infrastructure data." But at the moment I do not know about any specific report.

Pediatrician Dr. Sanjeev Singh says, "Infection has started in children in the second wave itself." Children will be the first victims of Corona in the Third Wave. Are there any reports in the public domain in which statistics about existing child health infrastructure can be found?

Dr. Sanjeev says, "There will be some data, but no separate report on this is in my cognizance so that there should be clear information about children's health infrastructure." There are some state-wise figures. These figures are in the public domain of how many doctors are there.

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