New Delhi: All the three municipal corporations of Delhi will set up dedicated Covid-19 care facilities for children in preparation for the third wave of the pandemic. The municipal officials said that there is anticipation that the third wave will affect children disproportionately. Delhi was witness to a brutal second wave of the pandemic that left lakhs infected and thousands dead.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is looking to set up the children’s Covid care facility at the Ms Giridhari Lal Maternity Hospital.
“We have decided to convert Mrs Girdhari Lal Maternity Hospital into a dedicated COVID-19 facility for children. Initially, we will dedicate 70 beds to Covid care of children. All these beds will be equipped with oxygen support. Out of these 70 beds, 10 will be reserved as NICU beds for infants and another 10 will have ICU facilities,” an official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation said.
The NDMC will also set up an Oxygen plant for the patients of the hospital.
Other maternity services which are currently being offered at the hospital will be shifted to Kasturba Hospital near Jama Masjid,” added the official.
Meanwhile, South Delhi Municipal Corporation is looking to make a special children care centre at the Tilak Nagar Hospital.
“To bolster our health infrastructure, we are planning to create dedicate child Covid care facility at our Tilak Nagar Hospital. It will have oxygen-supported beds and NICU beds…. We are yet to decide on the number of beds to be kept for children,” he said.
The East Delhi civic body will make two wards at the Swami Dayanand Hospital in Dilshad Garden.
“Chances of children getting infected in the third wave are high so we are planning to dedicate two wards with a capacity of 30-40 beds to child care. All these beds will have piped oxygen supply. These two wards will come up in the recently renovated building of the hospital,” said an official from the EDMC.
With inputs from PTI