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State govt to set up pediatric ward in district hospitals soon


Team Udayavani, Jun 2, 2021, 9:08 AM IST

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Bengaluru: Ahead of the pandemic’s third wave in which even children are likely to be affected, the state government has decided to set up pediatric wards in all district hospitals across Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons Health minister K. Sudhakar said, “A pediatric ward will be set up in all the 31 districts hospitals across the state as part of our preparedness for a possible pandemic third wave later this year to treat children contract the virus.”

In the pandemic’s second wave that hit the state since April first week, though Covid tally shot up to 26 lakhs till Monday, the percentage of children in 1-10 years of age who tested positive was about 20.

“Each pediatric ward will have about 80 beds with pediatricians and nurses for treating Covid-affected children. Medical graduates and technical staff will be trained at the state-run Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in the city in pediatric care,” said Sudhakar, a medical doctor by profession.

The state health department will set up oxygen generation plant in each taluk and district hospitals across the state for treating severe Covid patients.

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