Fully prepared to tackle 'possible' fourth COVID wave: Keshab Mahanta

The Assam health department started vaccination drive for children in the 12 to 13 years and 13 to 14 years age groups from March 16

Amid predictions of a fourth wave of COVID-19 hitting the country in August, Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta on Saturday said that the health department is fully prepared to tackle any eventuality in the state.
Reportedly, Omicron's BA.2 sub-lineage has triggered a substantial increase in COVID infections in several East and Southeast Asian and European countries.
According to reports, a mathematical model prepared by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has predicted a fourth wave in the country in August.
"We have heard that the fourth wave COVID-19 fourth wave has infected many people in some countries. However, we are fully geared up to tackle any eventuality. Primarily, almost every eligible beneficiary has been administered two doses of the COVID vaccine in the state. Those eligible for the precautionary third dose (booster) have been given the jabs," Mahanta said.
It may be mentioned that the COVID scene in the state has improved with no positive case reported on Saturday
The Assam health department had also started a special vaccination drive for children in the 12 to 13 years and 13 to 14 years age groups from March 16.
Keshab Mahanta while inauguration of the health care  infrastructure in Nogaon district.
Image: Keshab Mahanta while inauguration of the health care infrastructure in Nogaon district.
"So, even despite the vaccination shield, anyone gets infected; we have the medical infrastructure and medical personnel in place to treat the patients. There are adequate facilities in government hospitals. The super-speciality hospital in Guwahati will be functioning from Bohag Bihu onwards and apart from the regular doctors and specialists, contractual experts are also being roped in," the health minister said.
It may be mentioned that the COVID scene in the state has improved with no positive case reported on Saturday.
The health minister on Saturday also inaugurated 30 oxygen-supported beds in the maternity ward, 8-bed HDU, 4-bed PICU and 10-bed ICU at Bhogeswari Phukanani Civil Hospital on Saturday in a move to further augment health infrastructure in Nagaon district.



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