PAHO warns that Covid-19 delays child development | News

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported this Thursday that the scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic delays the evolutionary development of children in America, a region in which at least 2 million infants do not attend their regular medical consultations. routine, nor do they receive the relevant treatment for diseases such as measles, or asthma.


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According to the entity, the airline countries registered this week a record in the number of Covid-19 infections, since the start of the pandemic last 2020, with at least 8 million positives for the disease, including one high number of children.

In this sense, the director of the international organization, Carissa F. Etienne, specified that minors with chronic conditions such as diabetes, although they fully recover from the coronavirus, are mostly patients in critical condition during hospital admission.

Likewise, the highest representative of PAHO emphasized that the child population of nations such as Brazil, Haiti and the Dominican Republic suffers from previously controlled diseases such as diphtheria and measles.

“Countries must see routine immunizations for what they are, essential; these services were essential before the pandemic and continue to be essential for our response to Covid-19, so that our children are not at more risk”, indicated the senior official.

In another order, Etienne stressed that the majority of children do not attend educational institutions, which can generate mental and physical disorders, since schools enable learning, socialization among minors; as well as access to a balanced diet.

Thus, the official highlighted the rules issued by PAHO for returning to classrooms in person, such as the mandatory use of sanitary masks.

“When it comes to vaccinating healthy children against Covid-19, countries must first ensure that coverage among groups at highest risk of illness and death from the disease is high, to further reduce transmission of Sars-CoV- 2,” said PAHO director Etienne.

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