Nonetheless reeling from a lethal second wave of COVID-19, Maharashtra might witness a 3rd wave of an infection in July-August, Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned on Thursday.
Tope’s grim prediction got here on a day when Maharashtra, the nation’s worst hit state by the pandemic, recorded 66,159 new coronavirus instances and 771 deaths.
Chatting with reporters in Mumbai, he mentioned: In line with epidemiologists, Maharashtra may witness a 3rd wave of COVID-19 in July or August.
“Maharashtra is making an attempt to be self-sufficient by way of medical oxygen availability by then.
It has been mentioned that the state may attain the plateau stage for COVID-19 instances by the top of Might. Whether it is hit by a 3rd wave in July or August, it will improve the challenges earlier than the state administration, he mentioned.
He spoke after taking part in a assessment assembly with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the place varied facets of COVID-19 administration and vaccination have been mentioned.
District collectors and division commissioners additionally participated within the digital assembly.
Through the dialogue, the prime minister emphasised the set up of 125 PSA (strain swing adsorption (PSA) crops (to generate medical oxygen) as quickly as attainable to deal with sufferers with delicate to reasonable COVID-19 an infection “, mentioned Tope.
The district collectors have been advised that the federal government won’t tolerate any complaints concerning the lack of oxygen availability when the state is hit by a 3rd wave, the well being minister mentioned.
Sustaining that the present oxygen requirement is being met by native technology in addition to provides from the Middle, he mentioned Maharashtra faces a scarcity of 10,000 to 15,000 vials of Remdesivir, which is used to deal with critically sick sufferers with COVID-19.
Though there’s a scarcity, we now have requested physicians to make use of it properly. The additional doses may result in severe unwanted side effects, he mentioned.
Tope mentioned the prime minister knowledgeable the assembly that he had advised enterprise enterprises and firms that in the event that they spend on putting in COVID-19-related amenities, that cash will probably be thought-about a CSR expense.
“They’ll reap the benefits of all the advantages associated to CSR expenditures and this can even ease the monetary burden on the state,” mentioned the Minister of Well being.
“We’ll attempt to set up oxygen producing crops, arrange oxygen concentrators and supply medical gear equivalent to CT and MRI machines to districts the place these amenities should not out there,” he mentioned.
Districts equivalent to Hingoli, Jalna, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Washim and Gadchiroli will obtain telemedicine providers the place COVID-19 sufferers with different well being issues can search recommendation from medical doctors based mostly in main cities, Tope mentioned.
Maharashtra, which has up to now reported 45,39,553 coronavirus instances and 67,985 deaths, is underneath lockdown restrictions till Might 15.