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Lucknow, Kanpur & other UP dists upgrade paediatric infrastructure to combat predicted third wave

Training programmes for medical staff, under the guidance of Lucknow's SGPGIMS, will be conducted.

Taking a cue from the damages during the unprecedented second surge of the pandemic, the Uttar Pradesh government is readying its resources to combat the third wave. As per experts, children will be affected severely during the predicted third wave of covid, so the government is upgrading its medical infrastructure with a focus on paediatric treatment.

Virtual and physical training programmes for medical staff, under the guidance of Lucknow's SGPGIMS, will be conducted. Further, PICUs are being set up in all medical colleges of UP, to provide quality treatment to affected children.


Committee of doctors formed to ensure quality treatment

The looming spectre of the third wave of infections has pushed the UP government to upgrade its medical equipment and supplies. It has been apprehended that children will be the worst affected, hence, a 100-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICUs) is being set up by the government, in every medical college across the state.

The special focus on paediatric treatment in Lucknow is also ongoing as one PICU has been established, while the other one is under progress. Mini PICUs at the CHCs, medical colleges and district hospitals have been helpful in safeguarding kids from encephalitis and other vector-borne diseases. It is expected that they will be useful under current circumstances, as well. The government is also ensuring that separate ambulances for children are available.

Further, under the guidance of SGPGIMS, phased training programmes for paediatricians, anaesthetics, technicians and para-medical staff will commence from June 1. Headed by the Director of SGPGIMS Lucknow, a committee of doctors has been established to make sure that quality treatment is imparted to affected children.

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