After witnessing a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, India is now preparing to face a third wave of the virus. Experts have already predicted that COVID-19 third wave is imminent.
Top scientists, doctors, ministers, and government officials have already signaled that the third wave can be more severe than the current one and can majorly affect children.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday suggested ideas on how one can take precautionary measures and stop the third wave from approaching the country.
Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said though the number of cases of COVID-19 have come down there are still some concerns.
He also said community mobility data shows that there has been a rise in mobility in the country in comparison to May 20 when most of the country was under lockdown.
On April 29, worldwide 9 lakh new cases were being reported. Now again a growth trajectory is being observed and in the last 24 hours, 5,63,416 new cases have been reported from the world around.
Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh have been reporting a surge in cases, Lav Agarwal said. He further said that 73 districts in the country are reporting more than 100 daily cases.
The government on Friday said the recent slow decline in the number of daily cases is a warning and though the situation is currently under control, it can deteriorate if COVID appropriate behaviour is not followed.
How to prepare for third wave
To avert the catastrophic consequences, vaccination should be our topmost priority, especially for the children who could be the next vulnerable group.
India has around 15-17 crore children in the 12-18 age bracket and it should go for an advanced procurement strategy like that adopted by developed nations to inoculate this age group.
The people at large need to continue to tightly maintain COVID-appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, sanitisation, and maintaining social distancing.
Maintaining a good stock of life-saving drugs and oxygen concentrators should be scaled up on priority.
Hospital beds should be increased with enough beds for children in hospitals, community centers, etc.
The doctors and health workers also need to be trained to identify cases that need extra attention and which do not, to save time and human power.
It should be noted that the next 100-125 days are critical, both for the system and people.