BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday virtually launched a training programme for doctors on paediatric care in view of the possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has a high probability of impact on children.
In his address, the chief minister said that the state government will pool all available resources to ensure proper healthcare to children. Naveen also appreciated the efforts of doctors and health workers in saving precious lives during the second wave of the pandemic.
“We have to be extremely cautious as there have been reports of possible third wave and it has a high probability of impact on children,” said Naveen.
Stating that the state government has approved an action plan to create infrastructure including equipment and medicine for paediatric care, Naveen said the training of the doctors for paediatric care is very important to ensure capacity to treat children.
“It’s going to be a real challenge. If such a situation arises, we need to be prepared,” said the chief minister.
Keeping an eye on the possible third wave, the state government has designed this training programme for general duty medical officers and nursing officers. Naveen also launched several Covid training capsules, awareness video and pocketbook for frontline workers.
“Covid-19 pandemic impact has been devastating across the world. Many countries have been affected by multiple waves of the Covid infection. India has also been severely affected by two waves of Covid infection. Since more than one year, Odisha has been on high alert, to tackle the pandemic situation. We have taken pro-active steps to contain the spread of the virus,” said Naveen.
The chief minister said the state has established a large network of government and private Covid hospitals across the districts to provide free quality treatment to our people.
Naveen said the infection rate has currently come down and the situation is under control. “However, there have been reports of possible third wave and its possible impact on the children,” said the chief minister.
The chief minister expressed happiness over the vertical capacity building in the state and for the administration rising to the occasion, and train the entire range of health staff, starting from specialists to frontline functionaries within a short span of time.