- Mumbai's Kalina Campus has been converted into a Children's Covid Facility
- At the COVID care centre, children below 12 years of age will be treated
- The centre is equipped with wi-fi facility for the purpose of online study
New Delhi: A committee of experts constituted under the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has warned that the third wave of COVID can peak around October in the country and have sought better preparations in medical infrastructure for children as they can be at similar risk as adults. Keeping the predictions of experts in mind, Mumbai city has started to prepare itself against the next wave of COVID-19. Mumbai University’s Kalina Campus has been converted into a Children’s Covid Care Centre.
The Covid Care Centre (CCC) for children has been built on an area of 5 thousand square feet and houses an isolation and treatment area. It is a 30 bedded facility.
Talking to NDTV about this new facility and explaining what all it consists of, caregiver at Covid Care Centre (CCC) in Mumbai’s Kalina Campus said,
We have equipped this facility with all possible things – from toys, play area, television to separate room for breastfeeding, wi-fi connection for video calls/online study and more. The motto was very clear, every child should feel this as their home.
At the COVID care centre, children below 12 years who have mild to moderate COVID-19 will be admitted. Even parents of children who are infected with COVID can stay at the facility.
Highlighting how the facility has been designed, caregiver at Covid Care Centre added,
We have given special focus on designing this facility, in order to ensure that children do not feel that they have been admitted into a hospital, the walls in hospital have been painted with different colours, toys of various size and shapes have been kept for them to play and cardboard beds have been installed. There is also the arrangement of a 24×7 ambulance, so that if there is any emergency, we can shift the child immediately to the nearby hospitals, which we have our tie-ups with.
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