Thursday, December 08, 2022

Concerns about occupation of pediatric beds in Chile

SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) – Due to an unusual increase in critical pediatric bed occupancy in Chile, the government on Tuesday decided to anticipate and extend the winter school holiday period.

The large circulation of respiratory viruses has caused medical consultations and hospitalizations of children such that 91% of those intensive care beds are currently occupied.

The government specified that the start of the holiday would be extended for 11 days and extended by a week.

The Minister of Health, María Begona Yarza, told a press conference that at this time the most circulating microorganism is infectious syncytial virus – in 47% of diagnosed cases – and that the occupancy of intermediate treatment beds reaches 84%.

He specified that 30% of patients are children below four years of age and added that adult beds have been converted to pediatric beds and will continue to change.

His colleague in education, Marco Antonio Avila, specified that the winter school holidays of all schools in the country, scheduled between July 11 and 24, would be carried forward to June 30, with children adding a total of 25 days without classes. The measure will apply to 14 of the 16 Chilean regions, while the last two will retain their original schedule of a three-week holiday. He insisted that students who take lunch in their schools will get additional ration.

“We believe the school break will help us reduce infections and also weaken the health network,” he said.

Under Secretary of Healthcare Networks, Fernando Arros specified that the Ministry of Health allocated more than 75,000 million pesos, approximately $88 million, to strengthen primary care due to the “coexistence of COVID-19 and other winter respiratory viruses”. Huh.

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