In three months, almost 12% of youngsters in Assam test positive for Covid. Children under the age of 18 accounted for more than 12% of the total 2,80,504 Covid cases recorded in Assam. Between April 1 and June 26, authorities revealed on Monday.
According to authorities with the National Health Mission’s (NHM) Assam chapter. 34 infants died of Covid-19 between April 1 and June 26.
“34,606 (12.33 percent) of the 2,80,504 Covid positive individuals were youngsters age 0 to 18 years. Further research revealed that 5,755 of the 34,606 children were under the age of five. While 28,851 were between the ages of six and eighteen “According to a senior NHM officer.
Between April 1 and June 26, the highest percentage of children tested positive — 14.38 percent — in Nagaon district, followed by Sonitpur (13.89 percent), Dibrugarh (12.19 percent), Kamrup Rural (11.75 percent), and Kamrup Metro (10.04 percent), which contains the state’s two largest cities — Guwahati and Dispur.
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According to the NHM, many of the 34 children died as a result of comorbidities such as congenital illnesses (heart, kidney, and uncommon abnormalities), particularly among those under the age of five.
During the current Assam Community Surveillance Programme Phase 3 (ACSP 3). It is discover that a significant number of children living with Covid-positive parents and guardians. Who have chosen home isolation had later tested positive for the virus, the release said.
It said that parents and guardians who have tested positive for Covid should choose institutional quarantine over home isolation in order to limit the virus’s transmission among youngsters.
The health department is closely adhering to the Government of India’s pediatric Covid management guidelines and has already taken a number of measures to address and control the infection among susceptible age groups.
The statement said that the establishment of Covid pediatric intensive care units in all medical colleges and district hospitals is well underway.
Over 5,000 healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and paramedical staff. Have already been trained and are assisting patients in order to save as many lives as possible, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Shillong health authorities said that 5,101 children up to the age of 14 had tested positive in Meghalaya. Since the epidemic began last year, with 4,344 recovering and 17 succumbing to the infection. The remainder is treating at a variety of hospitals.
The vast majority of youngsters in the mountainous state have been afflicted in the last month.