Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government will be vaccinating mothers having children aged below 5 years as part of a health measure in the wake of predictions of a third wave of coronavirus, announced State Medical and Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal on Monday.
During a coronavirus review meeting, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy pointed out that in case young children get infected with COVD-19, their mothers should also stay at hospitals with them.
“So the state government has decided to inoculate mothers with kids under the age of 5 years. There are almost 20 lakh such mothers, they will be inoculated along with those aged 45 plus years,” he said.
Speaking about the new developments after the Chief Minister’s coronavirus review meeting, Singhal revealed that the state government has formed a committee to take preventive action on the third wave of coronavirus.
If paediatric cases are reported in higher number during the third wave, action should be taken on the basses of report of the committee so that the ICU beds, paediatric beds, ventilators, medicines for kids and children, masks and other requirements to treat young children and kids should also be taken care of well in advance, ordered YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Reddy also added that paediatric wards need to be set up in all hospitals, precautions should be taken for treatment of kids at primary health centres (PHCs) and local hospitals, and paediatricians be recruited according to the need.
“More than 600 private hospitals have been permitted to treat COVID-19. Keeping third wave in mind, chances of treatment of paediatric cases, special paediatric wards, and other basic infrastructure in those private hospitals should be considered,” informed Singhal.