Increase beds for kids, Gurugram hospitals told | Gurgaon News

Increase beds for kids, Gurugram hospitals told | Gurgaon News


GURUGRAM: The health department on Friday directed all hospitals treating Covid patients to augment the existing capacity of their paediatric beds by 10%. The decision was taken keeping in view of a possible third wave of Covid, it said.
“In the last two surges, we noticed nearly 12% of the patients were below the age of 20. About 5% of them needed hospitalisation. Among those hospitalised, 3% required ICU while 2% needed ventilator support. Therefore, we have decided to increase the present paediatric bed capacity by 10% in case of another surge,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurugram.
Meanwhile, 21 of the 96 hospitals treating Covid patients were informed that they would not be allowed to do so if they failed to submit details about isolation beds, suspected Covid cases, isolation beds for paediatric ward, oxygen support for isolation and confirmed wards, neonatal beds, ventilators reserved for paediatric patients by July 10.
The hospitals were asked to put together a plan in case cases increase again. “We have got status reports from only 75 hospitals explaining status of beds, oxygen plant, D-type cylinder and giving details about paediatric wards. We have asked the rest to share their details, failing which they will be prohibited under the Clinical Establishment Act to carry out Covid treatment,” the CMO said.
In the 75 hospitals that shared data, there are 2,555 isolation beds for Covid patients, including 294 ICU beds without ventilators and another 576 with ventilators. The district also has 809 beds for paediatric patients, including 287 ICU beds and another 89 with ventilators.
The health department said 15 hospitals have updated their oxygen plants’ capacity or have installed new PSA units. “The hospitals should increase their D-type cylinders to avoid any last-minute issues if and when the cases start to rise again,” said Gurugram deputy commissioner Yash Garg. About seven or eight hospitals have declared that they have less than 20 beds and will not be allowed to carry out Covid treatment in the future, the health department said. The department also advised hospitals to procure intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) drugs for emergency use among children. IVIG is given to patients with diseases that affect the immune system and is also used to treat autoimmune disorders. Children who do not have enough antibodies are given IVIG to help boost their immunity. The IVIG drug costs Rs 15,000 for a vial of 5 gram and is administered based on the child’s weight.


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