A three-month-old baby with COVID-19 is on ventilator in the intensive care unit at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital.
In an interview with Oman TV, Dr Badr Nasser al Ghailani, head of the Central ICU at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, said, “We had to put the baby girl on ventilator because she could not breathe properly. We have received children with COVID-19 earlier, but this is the first child to be placed on ventilator support.”
According to Dr Saif al Mubahsi, a senior consultant at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, the number of COVID-19 patients is steadily increasing and adding pressure on the hospital, like other health institutions in the sultanate. “The ICU at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital is full to capacity, and patients whose condition worsen are transferred to other hospitals,” Dr Mubahsi said.
Early in the pandemic, relatively few children were infected with the virus but that is changing around the world as more cases of COVID-19 are found among little one, most too young to be vaccinated against the disease. New and more infectious variants of the virus, combined with failure to follow preventive measures, have led to infections among children.
Research released recently by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed 11 per cent of young patients needed hospitalisation and nearly a third of these needed intensive care.
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