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How States Are Preparing For Speculated Third Wave Of Covid-19

According to the final plan authorised on Friday, more than half of the paediatric oxygen beds approved under the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package would be put up in six states with a largely rural and peri-urban population to prepare for a possible third wave.

During the peak of the pandemic’s second wave, rural areas of the country were among the hardest affected.

Six states will receive 60 percent of the 75,218 beds set up to supplement the three-tier healthcare system up to the village level under the package’s final proposal. Uttar Pradesh (11,770), Bihar (9,920), Andhra Pradesh (9,596), Odisha (8,206), Assam (7,320), and Jharkhand (5,798) are the six states.

Several people are concerned that children will be the most vulnerable population in a hypothetical third wave of Covid-19. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare approved the building of 19,030 paediatric oxygen beds and 10,428 paediatric ICU beds on Friday, in cooperation with the states, with the goal of improving paediatric care infrastructure at the district level.

Six states will receive financing to put up more than 1,000 paediatric oxygen beds, according to the final plan’s granular data: Uttar Pradesh (3,270), Madhya Pradesh (1,900), Maharashtra (1,500), Jharkhand (1,080), Bihar (1,060), and Chhattisgarh (1,020).

According to the proposal, eight states will receive funds to build more than 450 paediatric ICU beds out of a total of 10,428 beds: Madhya Pradesh (1,704), Uttar Pradesh (1,476), Maharashtra (684), Tamilnadu (516), Rajasthan (492), Jharkhand (468), and Bihar (456).

According to government sources, the final plan was based on the states’ experience with the second wave, which showed a significant demand for oxygen beds.

The Centre has approved the plan for the development of 23,056 ICU beds based on input from the states on the second wave’s experience with bed availability. Seven states would each build over 1,000 beds under the plan: Uttar Pradesh (4,007), Karnataka (3,021), Maharastra (2,970), West Bengal (1,874), Tamil Nadu (1,583), MP (1,138), and Andhra Pradesh (1,120).

On July 22, the states received a 15% advance of Rs 1827.80 crore to begin planning efforts for the implementation of the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package. According to the Health Ministry, another 35 percent of the money was released on Friday after the final plan was approved.

The final plan calls for the addition of 5,749 life support ambulances and the construction of 433 RT PCR labs to supplement testing capabilities. Four states would receive more than 30 new RT PCR labs under the final plan: Gujarat (66), Madhya Pradesh (46), Bihar (38), and Uttar Pradesh (30).

For the first time, telemedicine hubs have been approved in the final plan. Rajasthan (359), West Bengal (86), and Bihar (38) would have the most telemedicine hubs out of the 733 planned.

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