Covid 2nd Wave: Odisha Govt Advises Mask Wearing For Children Above 2 Yrs

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the second surge of Covid-19, the Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Department today issued a fresh advisory for children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating mothers advising all children above 2 years to wear masks.

“Since it has been observed that many children are getting affected during the second wave of the pandemic, all children above 2 yrs may be advised to wear masks as per the recommendation of Indian Academy of Paediatrics mandatorily before stepping out of their houses and parents should ensure the same,” says the advisory issued by the H&FW Department today.

The advisory has asked authorities of the Women & Child Development (W&CD) Department to follow the previous advisories for all non-COVID essential RMNCAH+N services, such as VHSND, Routine Immunization, SAM Management, all maternal and child health programmes, adolescent and family planning programmes in compliance with COVID guidelines.

Newer symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, etc. in addition to the earlier noted symptoms of cold, cough, fever, loss of smell/ taste, poor feeding in infants, and any other medically indicated conditions in children, pregnant and lactating women and adolescents may be considered for suspecting Covid case, the advisory adds.

Besides, the advisory says that persons belonging to any age group (including children) having symptoms of Covid must go for testing, isolation and medical advice as per WHO guidelines.

Handwashing with soap and water must be advocated for at least 40 seconds instead of 20 seconds. And unnecessary touching of face, nose and eyes must be discouraged at all levels in all age groups, the advisory added.

It further advises that use of the Arogya Setu App, wherever possible may be encouraged, while vaccination against Covid-19 must be ensured in all beneficiaries above 18 years.

All adaptations from the guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on the protocol for the management of Covid in the paediatric age group may he considered for reiteration in the district advisories, it added.