Assam boosts pediatric intensive care units after 34,000 children test positive in second wave of pandemic
Guwahati, June 29 (UNI) Assam is strengthening its pediatric intensive care units in all state medical schools, as well as district hospitals after statistics showed more than 34,000 children under 18-year-olds tested positive for the COVID 19 virus during the second wave of the pandemic.
The nodal agency, the National Health Mission, maintains records of COVID 19 infection, said that of the 2.8 lakhs of Covid positive cases between April 1 and June 26 this year, 34 606 were in the under 18 age group.
While 5,755 children under five tested positive, 28,851 infections were recorded in the 6 to 18 age group.
“Among the affected children, most are between the ages of 10 and 18,” Health Minister Keshab Mahanta told local media.
“We are taking several steps, including ramping up pediatric intensive care in all medical schools in the state, as well as in district hospitals,” he said.
In recent days, reports from various parts of the state indicate that children have fallen prey to the COVID 19 infection. On Monday, 11 children in a special children’s home in Tezpur in the district of Sonitpur tested positive. for the virus.
Assam currently has 25,790 active cases, with a positivity rate of 2.01%.
Meanwhile, 12 COVID 19 positive patients died in a single day at Guwahati Medical College on Monday.
However, authorities clarified that not all of the deaths were sudden. Patients aged 50 to 85 presented to hospital with less than 90% oxygen saturation.
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