Since the pandemic began, Covid has infected around 5,000 youngsters aged 14 and up in Meghalaya, with 17 of them succumbing to the disease. Thirteen of the 17 youngsters died in the last month as a result of an increase in Covid cases in the state.
According to state Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek, the government has chosen to build pediatric hospitals in three locations: Shillong, Tura in the West Garo Hills, and Jowai in the West Jaintia Hills area.
These hospitals, according to the minister, will be housed in prefabricated structures, which are constructed by assembling factory-made components.
The Covid dashboard on the state health department’s website displays 5,101 confirmed cases in the 0-14 age range. So far, 4,344 youngsters have made a full recovery. The majority of these incidents occurred during the last month. Since May 15, a total of 2,950 children have tested positive for Covid; 2,821 have recovered so far.
Children account for 11.66 percent of the total 43,732 cases documented by the state thus far.
In response to a question about whether three children’s hospitals are sufficient in light of fears that a likely third wave of Covid infections will wreak havoc on this age group, the minister said, “Everyone, not just children, will be attacked by Covid. We must exercise caution.”
While some experts and studies claim there is no evidence that children will be more badly affected in the event of the third wave, numerous states have begun planning for the next surge in cases with an emphasis on them.
In the last 24 hours, Meghalaya has reported 478 new Covid cases and four deaths.