Health department sets up new paediatric wards at Gurgaon government facilities


Gurgaon: Anticipating a rise in Covid-19 cases in November, the health department has upgraded paediatric wards at government facilities in the city. At the Civil Hospital in Sector 10, a 10-bed ICU paediatric ward has been set up, which includes four ventilator beds. At the Sector 31 polyclinic, it has set up a 16-bed ICU ward for newborns and children, which also has two ventilator beds. The department has also directed all hospitals to increase their paediatric bed capacity.
According to health officials, it was observed that in the last two Covid surges, nearly 12% of the patients were below the age of 20. About 5% of them needed hospitalisation. Among those hospitalised, 3% required ICU care, while 2% needed ventilator support. Therefore, increasing paediatric bed capacity is the need of the hour, officials said.
“We have already directed all hospitals to increase their paediatric beds. We have also asked them to provide an update regarding their bed capacity, oxygen plant, D-type cylinders and paediatric wards. We are already working to avoid a potential crisis if the number of Covid cases rises next month,” Gurgaon chief medical officer Dr Virender Yadav said.
According to the health department, about 4% of the cases were those of children in the second surge, which lasted from April 1 to May 31. Out of 4,676 infected children, 2% (94) had developed critical symptoms and had to be hospitalized, while the rest recovered at home. In the first surge, less than 2% (1,154) of the cases were children and none required hospitalisation.
“As children were vulnerable in the second surge because of exposure to outdoor activities, functions and other social gatherings, we already have strengthened our paediatric and neonatal ICUs,” he added.
In Medanta — The Medicity, around 100 ventilators have been converted into paediatric wards. At the M3M facility, 100 oxygen paediatric beds have been developed and at Bharat Vikas Parishad in Palam Vihar, a 100-bed observation ward for children is functional.
Asked when Covid vaccination of children would start, Yadav said, “We are collecting data of children between 12-18 years. We are yet to get guidelines regarding their vaccination.”
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