Heeding the warning shot from the medical fraternity, including the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) chief that the third wave of the COVID-19 is going to affect children the most, the Assam Health Department is ready to face any eventuality.
Talking to the media here on Sunday, Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said, “We’re ready for the third wave of the COVID-19. Since the third wave is likely to affect children the worst, we’ve equipped each of our hospitals with ICU beds for children.
“We’ve been preparing for the third wave of the COVID-19 since May. The massive vaccination drive that is going to start from Monday is part of that preparation. We are oxygen surplus now. We have an adequate number of ICU beds as well. New ICU beds are being installed in every district hospital. “Barring a few districts, the second wave of the pandemic has been brought well under control. If the situation doesn’t improve in a few districts like Nagaon, Sonitpur etc, we’ve no way out but to enforce total lockdown there.”