Delhi govt sets up 2 committees to manage 3rd wave of Covid, mitigate its impact

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New Delhi, May 27 (PTI) The Delhi government on Thursday set up a 13-member committee to prepare an action plan for a third wave of COVID-19 after assessing the current status and projected requirement of the health infrastructure such as hospitals, oxygen plants and drug supplies in the city.

Another eight-member expert committee has been set up to devise a strategy for mitigation and management of the third wave, especially the preparation required for the specialised needs of children of the city.

Both the committees will be chaired by IAS officer Satya Gopal, ACS (Power) and Nodal Officer (COVID-19).

The 13-member committee will 'assess the present status and projected requirement of the different vertical of health infrastructure like hospitals, oxygen plants, drug supplies etc and prepare an action plan for the Third Wave', an order issued by the health department said.

The panel will deal with supply chain management of crucial services, especially oxygen and critical drugs such as Tocilizumab and Remdesivir, it said.

It has been asked to ensure all under construction Delhi government hospitals are ready for operations with staff and equipment so that these can be used as ICU facilities for referral of critical patients, the statement said.

The panel has to ensure that all the large hospital facilities must have their own oxygen generation plants which can serve their needs.

It will assess the requirement of transportation vehicles to procure cryogenic tankers and other vehicles required for the smooth transportation of oxygen from other states, the order said.

It will also look into creation of a cadre of 10,000 trained paramedical volunteers, along the lines of civil defence volunteers, for deployment in Covid care centres, field hospitals, for support for patients in home isolation etc in different parts of the city.

Also, the Health Department has tasked an eight-member expert committee with devising a plan for mitigating the impact of the third wave and preparation required for the specialised needs of children of the city.

The panel has been asked to analyse the data trends, experiences of other cities across the globe and conduct modelling exercises to foresee and predict the onset of such waves and the changing/mutating character of the virus, the Health Department said in a separate order. It will prepare a Graded Response Action Plan for increasing and activating hospital infrastructure (isolation beds, oxygen beds, ICU beds, ventilators), essential drugs, oxygen supply, and other crucial items based on the positivity rate indicator, according to the order.

The committee will identify in advance which hospitals in which areas will get activated at different stages as cases rise in the city.

It has also been given a mandate to devise clear guidelines on when to announce lockdown and to what degree or extent. PTI GVS TIR TIR

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