Anticipating third wave Indian Academy of Pediatrics training 6,000 pediatricians to handle adult patients
By Joymala Bagchi
New Delhi [India]May 28 (ANI): As the Covid-19 pandemic affected adults and children in an unprecedented way during the second wave, far more than the first wave, the intensive care unit of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics has been training 6,000 pediatricians since the last six months to treat adult patients and prepare them for a likely third wave.
In addition, pediatricians from class B and C cities and small villages are also trained.
“In addition to training pediatricians for adults, we are enrolling to train nursing staff to also handle the situation should there be a third wave at all. the pediatricians should be able to manage adults and adult physicians should be able to administer pediatrics, ”said Dr. Dhiren Gupta, president of the Indian Academy of Pediatric Intensive Care.
The pediatric expert also believes that the entire health care system of the country should be revamped without compartmentalization i.e. as a pediatrician one should be able to manage adults and adult physicians should be able to manage pediatrics as they have all gone through MBBS and be aware of the basic training.
“During the first wave, experts found that, despite a positive test, children were mostly asymptomatic and showed no sign of illness and rarely required hospitalization. This year, however, children aged six months to a year became ill. They needed hospitalization,” said the expert.
“Most of them had a high fever, poor food intake, cough and cold, and lethargy that was not seen during the first wave,” he said.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) announced on Friday that as many as 1,86,364 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in India in the past 24 hours, which is the lowest daily new cases reported in the past 44 days .
The daily positivity rate has also dropped to 9 percent, the Health Ministry said.
According to the Union Ministry of Health, the active caseload in the country has fallen to 23,43,152, with a net drop of 76,755 cases in the past 24 hours.
The number of recoveries continues to outnumber daily new cases for the 15th consecutive day, as India experienced 259,459 new cases in the past 24 hours, the MoHFW said. (ANI)