BBMP, hospitals all set to shield kids from 3rd wave

Beds in government, private hospitals; trained staff; all facilities ready to avert health crisis

Although there hasn’t been an increase in paediatric covid cases, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has kept 375 beds for children, including PICU and PICU ventilator with all facilities available in private and government hospitals as a standby for the third wave of covid.

There was talk about protecting children during the third wave as they would be unvaccinated, so both government and private hospitals are preparing themselves to avoid any crisis. BBMP Special Commissioner, Health & IT, Randeep D said that the BBMP has already arranged 315 beds in private and government hospitals.

“There is nothing to fear as of now but we still need to be cautious. Parents must make sure that they follow covid appropriate behaviour and keep children safe.

Parents must be alert and inform BBMP even if there are mild or suspected symptoms for early detection. Other than the 315, another 60 beds are being arranged in BBMP Sangoli Rayanna Hospital at GKW Layout in Maruthi Mandir ward which will be ready by the first week of September,” he said.

As of now, the BBMP has arranged 219 beds in private hospitals in the city including 10 PICU ventilator beds, 43 ICU beds, 57 HDU beds while the remaining 109 are general beds in Shishuka Children hospital, Shishuka Health Care Pvt Ltd, Rainbow Children Medicare Pvt Ltd, Rainbow Bannerghatta and Rainbow Yelahanka. In Government and BBMP hospitals, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health has 40 beds while Dr. Babu Jagajeevanram General hospital has 30 and a Covid Care Centre in Regional Institute of Cooperative Management has 26 additional beds.

Private hospitals gear up

Dr. Sujatha Thyagrajan, Senior Consultant – Paediatrics & Paediatric Intensive Care, Aster Hospitals, said, “We have commenced an Advanced Life Support Training in Paediatrics with special focus around covid in children. Under this, we are educating and training 50 frontline workers in covid-related care and treatment protocols to assist the doctors. Simulation-based training and focused rapid skilling modules are being developed for the nurses.”

There is nothing to fear as of now but we need to be cautious. Parents must make sure that they follow covid appropriate behaviour and keep kids safe

–Randeep D, BBMP

She said that a curriculum has been developed that involves knowledge enhancement via accessible e-learning modules so that the learner gains the basic understanding of caring for an ill/sick child. “The learning involves recognition of a sick child, assessment, triage, and understanding principles of management of a sick child. Management of oxygen devices, resuscitation and ventilator management modules are made easy to understand and apply a blended method of learning via simulation and mentorship. We are also enrolling nurses from local nursing homes for training and are planning to expand our reach through AR and VR modules.”

Dr. Mahesh Mylarappa, Deputy CMS, Columbia Asia Hospital Hebbal (A Unit of Manipal Hospitals) said that the hospital trains all staff regularly in managing covid patients and controlling the spread of infection along with educating patients and public on the covid protocols. “We advise people to develop a positive attitude and follow a healthy diet and exercise regime. At the hospital, we regularly educate the parents to enforce hygiene practices and covid protocols like social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing masks on their children too. We are preparing in advance in ascertaining adequate manpower and equipment. We are also working closely with the government agencies in organising resources,” he said.


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