There has been an increase in flu syndrome among children in S সাo Louis in recent months. The high demand for healthcare in the public-private network of the capital reflects the high number of cases.
At Hospital da Criansa (HC), part of the Sao Lewis Municipal Health Network, 32% of the consultations performed between January and March 2022 were for children with flu symptoms.
According to the Municipal Health Department (SEMAS), the children’s hospital receives patients from both the capital and the interior of the state, and in addition to the increase in cases of flu syndrome, the health unit has also identified a higher level of care for children. With respiratory, such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
Flu syndrome among children raises demand for healthcare in Sওo Luis – Photo: Neto Cordeiro / Grupo Mirante
To meet the high demand, two wards were opened in the High Court, which has 27 inpatient beds, in addition, the hospital has 15 intensive care beds (ICUs), for the most complex care.
“Among the steps aimed at improving care, Semas reports that it has increased the number of on-duty doctors and teams, provided more mechanical respirators and multimeter monitors for hospitals, as well as adapting wards to increase patient capacity. Serious “, says the Department of Municipal Health (SEMAS).
Also, according to Semas, the average number of hospital admissions for children with flu-like syndrome or respiratory disease in the health unit is 12 days.
Micro-entrepreneur Anna Lydia, 42, has two young children, one 8 years old and the other 11, and decided to take them both to hospital after they developed symptoms such as cough, fever and body aches.
“My eldest son, 11 years old, has started showing flu symptoms and especially a lot of coughing. This has been going on for about a week. Today, my little boy had a fever and body aches, I don’t know what it could be, but I’m taking him to the Aragagi UPA to try to get some instructions and he knows how to give the medicine so that the symptoms go away soon, because this time They also miss classes at school, ”he reported.
The state health network was contacted to provide information on pediatric needs at the emergency and emergency units in S সাo Lewis, but has not yet disclosed its case.
In the private health network of Sao Luis, the demand for child care is also high. The hospital, Sওo Domingos, released a note this Wednesday (27) stating that “due to the high demand for care in pediatric services, mainly due to the common monsoon virus, emergency room occupancy rates, inpatient units and pediatric intensive care units are high”.
The hospital said it was taking steps to meet the demands of the case.
At UDI Hospital, part of the S সাo Lewis private network, an increase in pediatric emergency care has been recorded, reaching 100% occupancy.
“The level of hospital care varies from day to day, depending on the demand, but the amount is higher. UDI Hospital is 100% occupied for a few days. It is worth noting that this upward trend in childhood respiratory diseases is being identified throughout Maranhao, “he said in a statement.
Respiratory diseases of children are seen in monsoon
According to pediatric pulmonologist Denise Haider, asthma is the most common cause of infectious diseases in children during the rainy season, such as viral and allergic problems.
“During the monsoon season, the spread of a number of viruses that affect the respiratory system is predicted. High humidity favors the spread of the fungus in families, increasing the risk of allergic reactions in prone individuals, ”the pulmonologist explained.
Also, according to Deniz Haider, epidemics and prolonged suspension of face-to-face education may contribute to seasonal changes in some viruses. Also, low vaccination coverage has increased the risk of viral diseases that are already under control, such as measles.
“Respiratory syncytial viruses and rhinoviruses, the main causative agents of pediatric bronchiolitis (this year, the case was started 2 months ago), influenza virus and other viruses that cause colds. Low immunization coverage is a determining factor in the return of certain viral diseases that have already been controlled, such as measles. Household poverty leads to deteriorating housing conditions and food insecurity, factors that interfere with immunity and respiratory health, “said a pediatric pulmonologist.
According to Denise Haider, it is important for parents and guardians to take action to prevent these diseases. The guidelines themselves also serve adults who may be affected by this type of disease.
See prevention tips:
– General arrangements: good nutrition, up-to-date immunization schedule, adequate housing conditions for health, without ventilation and overcrowding;
– Prevent infectious from removing the child from people with respiratory symptoms;
– Guide to proper hand and surface hygiene and breathing etiquette;
– In certain epidemiological or environmental situations, use face masks.
– Environmental measures: Ventilation is free from environmental pollution; Fighting passive smoking;
– Reduce antigenic exposure to large urban centers and lifestyle;
– Drug strategy.