India's richest state gears up to protect children from looming third … –

[1/2] A man suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) receives oxygen support as he sleeps inside a classroom turned COVID-19 care facility on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo
BENGALURU, June 29 (Reuters) – India's western state of Maharashtra is training thousands of health workers in how to care for children afflicted with COVID-19 as a first line of defence against surges involving new variants, health officials and experts said on Tuesday.
The state, home to the financial capital of Mumbai, was the worst hit by a devastating second wave of infections in April and May that killed hundreds of thousands, and is still reporting a quarter of all new cases nationwide.
It has re-imposed curbs to rein in the fast-spreading Delta variant that has touched off new outbreaks globally, even as daily national tallies stand at their lowest in nearly two months, allowing some states to re-open businesses.
"We are training thousands of health workers, who are usually the first point of contact for families, on how to deal with COVID care in children," Suhas Prabhu, head of the state's pediatric task force, told Reuters.
View 2 more stories
While there is no data showing children are more vulnerable, a government survey in Mumbai from April to mid-June showed the presence of virus antibodies in at least half of those younger than 18.
"The experts are indicating that a sizeable number of children are likely to be infected in the third wave," said government adviser Dr Subhash Salunke.
Paediatric critical care remained a 'weak link' in the health system, the former World Health Organization official told Reuters.
India, which is using AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) domestically produced Covishield doses and the home-grown Covaxin, has yet to approve any vaccines for children.
Maharashtra, with a population of more than 114 million, is one of the country's most populous states, and has reported 50 cases of the new Delta Plus variant that India has designated as being of concern.
It is an offshoot of the highly infectious Delta variant that caused a spike in cases in April and May which overwhelmed healthcare facilities, swamping crematoriums.
From 400,000 cases a day in May, daily new infections now stand at 37,566, health ministry data showed on Tuesday.
The South Asian nation's tally stands at 30.31 million, with a death toll of 397,637.
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), wraps up on Monday, capping what is expected to be the biggest government reshuffle in a decade after setting a modest target for annual economic growth.
Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people worldwide every day. Reuters provides business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktop terminals, the world's media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers.
Build the strongest argument relying on authoritative content, attorney-editor expertise, and industry defining technology.
The most comprehensive solution to manage all your complex and ever-expanding tax and compliance needs.
The industry leader for online information for tax, accounting and finance professionals.
Access unmatched financial data, news and content in a highly-customised workflow experience on desktop, web and mobile.
Browse an unrivalled portfolio of real-time and historical market data and insights from worldwide sources and experts.
Screen for heightened risk individual and entities globally to help uncover hidden risks in business relationships and human networks.
All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays.
© 2023 Reuters. All rights reserved


Leave a Comment