Health workers are concerned about the growing number of children hospitalized with moderate to severe symptoms of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Head of Intensive Care at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Dr Rudo Mathivha says the situation is worrying as the hospital is not built to admit large numbers of sick young children.
She says a 15-year-old died after the child’s condition rapidly deteriorated from COVID-19 infection, and a 17-year-old is in intensive care for coronavirus-related pneumonia.
Mathivha urged parents to get their children vaccinated.
More children admitted with COVID-19 symptoms to hospitals: Prof Rudo Mathivha
South Africa is currently in the fourth wave of the pandemic, fueled by the recently discovered Omicron variant of the virus. Mathivha warned that they may soon be unable to accommodate children.
“It’s not something that we observed with the first, second and third waves. In the past, children were infected with COVID-19. It wouldn’t really send them to the hospital in large numbers for admission. Our hospitals were not built to accommodate many children. We will not be able to accommodate them, and I am not saying this to panic people, ”explains Mathivha.
“More children admitted with symptoms of COVID-19 to hospitals” – SABC News
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