Still reeling underneath a lethal second wave of COVID-19, Maharashtra might witness a 3rd wave of the an infection in July-August, mentioned well being minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday.
The grim prediction by Mr Tope got here on a day when Maharashtra, the state worst-hit by the pandemic within the nation, recorded 66,159 recent coronavirus instances and 771 fatalities.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, he mentioned, As per epidemiologists, Maharashtra might witness a 3rd wave of COVID-19 in July or August.
“Maharashtra is trying to be self-sufficient in terms of availability of medical oxygen by then.
It has been said the state could reach to the plateau level of COVID-19 cases by the end of May. If it is hit by a third wave in July or August, it would increase the challenges before the state administration, he said.
He was speaking after taking part in a review meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray where various aspects of COVID-19 management and vaccination were discussed.
District collectors and divisional commissioners also took part in the virtual meeting.
During the discussion, the chief minister stressed on setting up 125 PSA (pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants (for generating medical oxygen) at the earliest for treating patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection,” Mr Tope mentioned.
District collectors have been instructed the federal government is not going to tolerate any complain about non-availability of oxygen when the state is hit by a 3rd wave, mentioned the well being minister.
Maintaining that the present requirement of oxygen is being met by native era in addition to provides from the Centre, he mentioned Maharashtra is going through a scarcity of 10,000 to fifteen,000 vials of Remdesivir, used to deal with vital COVID-19 sufferers.
Though there’s a scarcity, we have now requested medical doctors to make use of it judiciously. Extra doses might result in grave uncomfortable side effects, he mentioned.
Mr Tope mentioned the chief minister knowledgeable the assembly that he has instructed enterprise homes and corporates that in the event that they spend on organising COVID-19-related services, that cash will probably be thought-about as CSR expenditure.
“They can avail all benefits related to CSR spendings and this will also ease financial burden on the state,” the well being minister mentioned.
“We will try to set up oxygen generator plants, arrange oxygen concentrators as well as provide medical equipment such as CT scan and MRI machines to districts where these facilities are not available,” he mentioned.
Districts resembling Hingoli, Jalna, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Washim and Gadchiroli will get tele- drugs companies the place COVID-19 sufferers with different well being points can search consultancy from medical doctors primarily based in main cities, Mr Tope mentioned.
Maharashtra, which has to this point reported 45,39,553 coronavirus instances and 67,985 fatalities, is underneath lockdown- like restrictions until May 15.
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