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Bengal to keep 60% Covid beds for women, children as it prepares for third wave


To tackle a possible third wave of Covid-19, the West Bengal government’s health department said that 60 per cent of beds treating Covid-19 patients would be available for women and children.

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To tackle a possible third wave of Covid-19, the West Bengal government’s health department said that 60 per cent of beds treating Covid-19 patients would be available for women and children.

While the number of Covid-19 cases have been on a downswing in Bengal, the health department is boosting its infrastructure in preparations for a third wave.

“As per data that we have seen in European countries, the third wave seems to have majorly affected children. In this way, mothers taking care of children may get affected as well. Hence, we are planning to have availability of more beds for women and children,” Dr Ajay Chakraborty, Director of Health Services, Government of West Bengal, told India Today TV.

The gender break-up for bed availability is now around 60:40 in favour of males, according to the health department. The plan is to reverse this, reducing the male beds and increasing the female ones until the male-female bed ratio is 40:60, it said.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and this will only happen when we anticipate a third wave. As of now, it is not applicable,” said Dr Chakraborty.

West Bengal’s Covid-19 tally rose to 14,61,257 on Sunday as 3,984 more people tested positive for the infection, while 84 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 16,896, a health bulletin said.

North 24 Parganas district recorded the highest number of new cases at 597, followed by 426 in Kolkata.

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