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COVID infections up among children

KUWAIT CITY, March 21, (Agencies): Over the last few days a significant number of children with Covid-19 infections have been admitted to the Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, reports Al-Jarida newspaper quoting reliable sources. The sources said the number of children admitted to the hospital over the past few weeks is two to three times the number those admitted in September, October, November and December last year, as the hospital used to receive only two or three cases a day and now the hospital receives between 5 and eight cases.

The sources indicated most of the cases of children currently in the hospital suffer from chronic diseases, in addition to some children who need care and a special Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (mics) protocol. The sources stated the rate of recovery from Covid-19 disease among children is higher than adults and pointed out that there are limited and serious cases of children who have been admitted to intensive care and need respirators and intensive care. During the past few months, the sources added, there is not a single death reported among children by Jaber Hospital, pointing out that the percentage of their discharge from the hospital equals the admission rate. The sources put the rate of admission to emergency wards for adults or children at about 50 per day.

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Virologist, Associate Professor at the college of medicine, Assistant Director of “I am negative laboratory” and head of the viruses lab unit at health ministry Yaqoub Behbehani center Dr. Haya Altawala said the antibodies test is considered like a baseline for the individual to find out whether his body responded to the vaccine or not. She said although antibodies are not the only factor that help in immunity, it is the factor that we can measure because the other factors are difficult to measure because they are at the research level. She said if a person’s result is negative before vaccination, then becomes positive after vaccination it means that his body responded to vaccination, then we check if we reached a certain number which means the person has immunity bearing in mind that this number varies from one person to another.

She said diagnostic tests are instant to determine whether the person has COVID- 19 or not, but the antibodies test give the result after a time period and this is an indication that the person had COVID-19 recently. Altawala said the vaccine is safe and does not cause any dangerous symptoms, and what some people feel is the result of the body’s response to vaccination, adding that the vaccine is part of the virus not the virus itself and it is not possible to cause COVID-19.

She said the role of antibodies becomes very important under the current circumstances following the virus variants because they give an idea about the patient’s current condition. She said that the vaccination does not allow one to leave the precautionary measures. She said that test equipment are available in Kuwait and are highly advanced adding that the antibodies test will be implemented at the health ministry soon.

The Ministry of Health recently decided to open corona vaccination centers from Saturday to Thursday in a bid to vaccinate the largest number of people who registered on the vaccination platform, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. In addition, the ministry intends to increase the number of vaccination centers in health districts with the aim of expanding the vaccination campaign against COVID- 19.

Sources stated that the increase ranges from four to seven health centers in order to vaccinate the biggest number of citizens, expatriates and Bedouns. Along with the plan to increase the number of vaccination centers, the ministry is waiting for the second shipment of Astra- Zeneca vaccine which is scheduled to arrive at the end of this month to reinforce the vaccination centers, sources added.

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