Mumbai: Second wave claims more kids, hospitalisation rate 1.5 times higher this year

  • | Thursday | 6th May, 2021

Doctors are worried about a rise in PIMS, a potentially fatal condition that can develop among children about a month after suffering mild Covid19.   

The second coronavirus wave has claimed the lives of several children across city hospitals, particularly in March and April. The proportion of kids in need of hospitalisation and critical care, too, increased at tertiary care hospitals compared with the previous year.

A B Y L Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central, a referral centre for Covid-positive mothers and babies, there have been four deaths till April 30 out of 43 admissions. The hospital had seen four fatalities in all of 2020. Three of the four deaths were in infants while the fourth was an 11-year-old. Only one of them had an underlying health condition while a nine-month-old baby died after developing paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PIMS).

Covid claimed five paediatric lives at Parel’s Wadia Hospital between March and April this year as compared to three deaths in 2020. The hospital saw 76 admissions during the first peak in May-June 2020 as against 103 in March-April this year.

SRCC Children’s Hospital in Mahalaxmi registered its first infant Covid death this year, after seeing no casualties in the first wave. Both state and civic officials maintained there has been no rise in overall mortality rates in the paediatric population. BMC data says 11,080 children under 10 have been affected since last year and 17 have died.

Nair’s head of paediatrics Dr Sushma Malik said the rate of hospitalisation was 1.5 times to 2 times more compared with the first wave. “The babies who died rapidly progressed to Covid pneumonia and succumbed. Two of them had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome,” she said.

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