13 Out of 67 died due to delayed medical care – FHB

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 12 2021

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Family Health Bureau (FHB) said of the 67 children who had died of the COVID-19 infection, 13 had succumbed to the virus due to a delay in obtaining medical care.

Consultant Community Physician FHB, Dr. Kapila Jayaratne, speaking to the Media at the Heath Promotion Bureau (HPB) revealed yesterday (11) that of the 67 paediatric COVID-19 deaths that had been reviewed closely by the FHB collaborating with the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, it was found that 95 per cent of them had died of COVID pneumonia.

There were a few cases who died of Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) which was associated with COVID-19. He said two of the deceased had been obese, while one suffered from diabetes. But what was most obvious was that there was a negative attitude towards hospitals, which had contributed towards the delay in seeking medical attention from State hospitals. 

There were those who had sought medical attention from the private sector, where the cases had been grossly mismanaged, so much so that it was too late when the patients were bought to a State hospital, Dr. Jayaratne said. He appealed to parents to refrain from taking their children outside their homes unnecessarily. 

All children who are above one year should wear a mask “don’t allow even a close relative who comes to visit to have close contact with your child,” he appealed. Dr. Jayaratne appealed to parents to seek immediate medical attention from a qualified medical practitioner if their child showed any disease symptom. Director FHB, Dr. Chitramalee de Silva said there was a marked reduction in the number of pregnant women who were contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

From the first wave till the third wave, a total of 8,500 pregnant mothers contracted the virus, however, it was only in the third wave that 56 of them succumbed to the infection, she said. Dr. de Silva added that 90-95 per cent of mothers including those in the North and East had received the first dose of the jab.  

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 12 2021

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