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Maharashtra may see the third wave of Covid-19 in July-August: Cap | India News


MUMBAI: Still reeling from a deadly second wave of Covid-19, Maharashtra may witness a third wave of infection in July-August, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday.
Tope’s grim prediction came on a day when Maharashtra, the country’s worst hit state by the pandemic, recorded 66,159 new coronavirus cases and 771 deaths.
Speaking to reporters here, he said: According to epidemiologists, Maharashtra could witness a third wave of Covid-19 in July or August.
“Maharashtra is trying to be self-sufficient in terms of medical oxygen availability by then.
It has been said that the state could reach 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 spoke after participating in a review meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, where various aspects of Covid-19 management and vaccination were discussed.
District collectors and division commissioners also participated in the virtual meeting.
During the discussion, the Prime Minister emphasized the installation of 125 PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) plants (to generate medical oxygen) as soon as possible for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 infection ” said Tope.
The district collectors were told that the government will not tolerate any complaints about the lack of oxygen availability when the state is hit by a third wave, the health minister said.
Maintaining that the current oxygen requirement is being met through local generation as well as supplies from the Center, he said Maharashtra faces a shortage of 10,000 to 15,000 vials of Remdesivir, which is used to treat critical Covid-19 patients.
Although there is a shortage, we have asked physicians to use it wisely. The extra doses could lead to serious side effects, he said.
Tope said the prime minister informed the meeting that he had told business companies and corporations that if they spend on installing Covid-19 related facilities, that money will be considered as CSR spending.
“They can take advantage of all the benefits related to CSR spending and this will also ease the financial burden on the state,” said the Minister of Health.
We will try to install oxygen generating plants, organize oxygen concentrators and provide medical equipment such as CT and MRI machines to districts where these facilities are not available, “he said.
Districts such as Hingoli, Jalna, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Washim and Gadchiroli will receive telemedicine services where Covid-19 patients with other health problems can seek advice from doctors based in major cities, Tope said.
Maharashtra, which has so far reported 45,39,553 coronavirus cases and 67,985 deaths, is under lockdown restrictions until May 15.

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