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