Gandhinagar, Jun 14 (PTI) The Gujarat government on Monday said it has prepared a roadmap to deal with a possible "third wave" of COVID-19 after the state faced a deadly second wave of the infection.

The plan, which envisages substantially boosting coronavirus testing and health infrastructure, has special emphasis on how to tackle the situation if a large number of children get infected in the third wave.

The roadmap was released by chief minister Vijay Rupani in presence of deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.

“The report has been prepared after consultations with experts on how the third wave of COVID-19 can affect us,” Rupani said.

"Nobody can exactly predict when the third wave will come and how severe it will be, but based on the opinion of experts we will increase our capacity to deal with it,” he said.

The chief minister said the government will ramp up medical facilities.

“We will increase the capacity of oxygen supply, ventilators, ICU beds to meet the worst scenario in the third wave,” he said.

Deputy chief minister Patel said, “At the peak of the second wave the state required 1,250 MT of medical oxygen and we are planning to make available 1,800 MT of oxygen for the third wave." “Testing will be increased from 1.25 lakh per day to 2.50 lakh per day by establishing more testing labs across the state,” the roadmap said.

“Oxygen beds will be increased from 61,000 to 1.10 lakh. In the same way, ICU beds and ICU with ventilators will also be substantially increased,” the document said. The government has decided to set up 4,000 paediatric beds, it said, adding the number of doctors and nursing staff as well as medical attendants will be increased to tide over any manpower crunch.

Rupani said the key to success will be vaccination against COVID-19.

“We are carrying out vaccinations of around three lakh persons per day as of now and aim to increase the number to four lakh,” the CM said.

“Experts say we have time till November when the third wave is likely to strike and we will have to increase our capacity by that time,” Rupani said.