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In anticipation of a potential third wave of Covid-19, the Ahmedabad administration has begun surveillance work and is conducting pediatric screening to identify the most vulnerable children in order to take timely measures to protect them.
Speaking to ANI, Sanitary Doctor Sandhya Rathod said: “We have started examining children in the 0-5 age group. We have 206 teams of ASHA and Anganwadi workers. They survey about 250 houses a day. ”
“We keep a separate list of children suffering from malnutrition and other serious illnesses. In the case of the third wave, we can cancel the quarantine of the high-risk group. In Sananda, I have five teams, each with two doctors and a female health worker, ”she said.
Ahmedabad District Development Office (DDO) officer Arun Mahesh Babu told ANI that the children were divided into three age groups and their data was collected.
“We divided the children into age groups from 0 to 5, 5 to 10, and 10 to 15 and took their data from the Child and Women’s Development and Primary Education departments. We will keep children in the red category prioritized, less vulnerable in the yellow category and low vulnerability in the green category, ”the official said.
“If a variant affecting children is found, then preference will be given to children in the red category for the reverse quarantine, and then to children in the yellow and green categories,” he added.
He also said that pediatric surveys will help update the data and determine which children are more vulnerable.
“The health infrastructure will also be improvised based on this study. Public hospitals are building pediatric ventilators, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and pediatric intensive care units (PICUs). We are currently in talks with 20 pediatric hospitals for such activities and 14 pediatric specialists have been identified. Pediatric training is also offered in 16 medical colleges, ”the DDO added.
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