Various preparations lined up to fight 3rd wave of COVID

The district administration, Zila Panchayat, Women and Child Welfare Department, Health and Family welfare departments have come together to diminish malnutrition among children aged 0-6 in the district when the Covid-19’s third wave is due in few months. The child care centres on June 10 were inaugurated in Ballari and other taluks.

The third wave of COVID-19 is expected to hit India in the next six to eight months, according to the government-appointed National Covid-19 Supermodel Committee, which makes projections on the likely spread of the pandemic. Ballari district has ramped up its preparations by setting up Child care centres.

As it is expected that the 3rd wave shall be disastrous to the children, the district has recognized the children suffering from malnutrition and have been providing them with nutritious food in the child care centres, said District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr H L Janardhan.

He also added that according to the suggestions given by the experts, the district would check around the district identifying malnourished children and would get them to the centres set up by the district welfare department and shall be given food full of necessary nutrients.

Dr Janardhan said that already a total of 68 children have been admitted into the child care centres in Ballari and they would be given nutritious food for over 14 days. The child care centres have already come up in various taluks like Kudligi, Hoovinahadagali, and Hagaribommanahalli too. In other taluks, it will soon be set up.

In the entire district over 827 children have been identified as suffering from malnutrition. “All these children shall be fed by whole nutritious food in the upcoming days in the child care centres that will be set up in taluks across the district”, says Dr Janardhan.

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