Cases of flu syndrome in children have been on the rise in Sao Luis in recent months. The large number of cases reflects the increasing demand for health care services in the capital’s public and private networks.
At Hospital da Ciranca (HC), part of the Municipal Health Network of Sೊo Louis, 32% of consultations between January and March 2022 were for children with fever symptoms.
According to the Municipal Health Department (Seamus), the Children’s Hospital accepts patients from the state’s capital and interior, and with an increase in cases of flu symptoms, the health unit has identified a higher level of care for children. In the respiratory tract, such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
Flu Syndrome in Children Increases Demand for Health Services in Sೊo Louis – Photo: Neto Cordero / Grupo Mirante
To meet the high demand, two wards were opened at HC, 27 inpatient beds, in addition, the hospital has 15 intensive support beds (ICU), for critical care.
“Among the measures aimed at improving care, Seamus reports that it has increased the number of doctors and teams on duty. Adding wards to make patients more receptive and making the hospital more equipped with mechanical respirators and multiparameter monitors is critical.”
According to Seamus, the average hospital stay for children with flu-like syndromes or respiratory illnesses in the health unit is 12 days.
Micro-entrepreneur Ana Lydia, 42, has two young children, one aged 8 and the other 11 years old and decided to take them to the hospital after having symptoms such as cough, flu and body aches.
“My oldest son, 11 years old, started showing flu and especially coughing. It’s been about a week. Today, my youngest son has a fever and body ache, I don’t know what that might be, but I’m going to take him to the UPA and try to get some guidance and he knows how to take medication to alleviate the symptoms. Get out early, because during this period they will miss classes at school, ”he reported.
The state health network has been contacted to provide information on child demand in emergency and emergency units in Sೊo Louis, but has not yet commented on the case.
In S ಖಾಸಗಿo Luis’ private health network, the demand for child care is high. Hospital Sao Domingos released a note this Wednesday, stating that “the high demand for care in children’s services is mainly driven by the common viruses of the rainy season, the emergency room, the inpatient rate of inpatient units and the pediatric intensive care unit.”
The hospital said it was taking steps to meet the demand, depending on the severity of the cases.
At UDI Hospital, part of the Sೊo Luis private network, there has been an increase in pediatric emergency care, reaching 100% occupancy.
“The dimension of hospital care varies every day depending on demand, but the quantity is high. UDI Hospital has been in 100% occupancy for a few days.
It is common for children to have respiratory diseases during the rainy season
According to pediatric pulmonologist Deniz Haider, during the rainy season, it is common for children to be infected with infectious diseases and allergic problems caused by viruses, and asthma is more common.
“The rainy season pushes the spread of many viruses that affect the respiratory system. High humidity supports the proliferation of fungi in the home, facilitating the exacerbation of allergic conditions in preterm individuals, ”explains the pulmonologist.
According to Deniz Haider, infectious disease and long-term face-to-face teaching can cause seasonal changes in some viruses. In addition, low vaccination coverage has increased the incidence of viral diseases, such as measles, which are already under control.
“Respiratory syncytial virus and rhinovirus, the main causative agents of bronchiolitis in infants (this year, the onset of cases was advanced for 2 months), influenza virus and other viruses that cause colds. Leading to deterioration of food insecurity, immune status and disrupting health of the respiratory system ”, says pediatric pulmonologists.
According to Deniz Haider, it is important that parents and guardians adopt measures to prevent these diseases. The guidelines also serve adults, who may be affected by this type of disease.
See prevention tips:
– General measures: good nutrition, up-to-date vaccination schedule, insufficient housing conditions in terms of health, ventilation and crowding of individuals;
– Infectious Prevention from Removal of a Child by Respiratory Symptoms;
– Guidance on proper hand and surface hygiene and breathing etiquette;
– Use of masks, in particular epidemic or environmental situations.
– Environmental measures: airborne environments free from inhaled pollutants; Fighting passive smoking;
– Reduce exposure to antibiotics in large urban centers and lifestyle;
– Drug strategies.