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Odisha forms committee to deal with COVID-19 among children

Odisha forms committee to deal with COVID-19 among children
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Bhubaneswar, May 17 (PTI) The Odisha government has

set up a committee to manage COVID-19 among children in the

wake of the possibility of the increased number of cases among

them, officials said on Monday.

The committee has been asked to formulate standard

operating procedures (SOPs) for managing COVID-19 among the

paediatric population and submit a report to the government at

the earliest, they said.

It will suggest preparedness measures, including

augmentation, training of human resources to deal with the

COVID-affected children and formulate SOPs, they said.

Chief of Directorate of Medical Education and Training

(DMET) CBK Mohanty has been appointed as the chairman of the

seven-member committee, while Director of Family Welfare Bijay

Panigrahi will act as member convener.

The committee was formed after many children tested

positive for COVID-19 during the raging second wave, and

health experts predicted that more children might be affected

in the possible third wave of the pandemic, officials said.

Recently, the state government issued an advisory,

asking parents to ensure that children older than two years

wear face masks while stepping out of their homes.

Though schools, colleges and anganwadi centres are

closed, experts fear that children might get infected by

elders in their families.

Till Sunday, 30,523 children younger than 14 years

were infected in the state, an official said.

Meanwhile, the Health and Family Welfare Department

named Dr Srinath Reddy as the chairman of a 12-member advisory

committee that will guide the state government in vaccination

programmes and strategies to deal with possible future waves

of the pandemic.

CBK Mohanty of DMET was named its convenor. PTI AAM

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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