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Qatar’s designated children’s COVID facility opens, hitting record highs-Doha News

Qatar recorded the highest reported daily The Monday incident, which involved many children, urged authorities to designate a COVID center dedicated to children.

Following public demand, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has designated a special facility for children. COVID-19 (new coronavirus infection) Those who need to be hospitalized because Qatar is facing a big third wave.

The facility Al Wakra Pediatric COVID-19 Center is located on the Al Wakra Hospital campus and has a capacity of 39 inpatient beds, including 4 intensive care units for short-term stay patients and 22 observation beds.

The center can have up to 140 inpatient beds if needed, the company said.

The move is in the light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, with dozens of children being taken to hospital for immediate treatment after the onset of symptoms of a new Omicron variant. rice field.

On Monday, Gulf countries reported 3,878 Covid-19 cases daily. This is the highest number since the start of the pandemic. It is unknown how many of them are children, but health officials revealed earlier this month that children were most affected during the third wave.

Last week, some civilians, including prominent influencers, called on authorities to intervene and designate facilities for children, given the increasing number of cases and lack of availability in hospitals. On social media, some users say that pediatrics are “very full” and families have to wait hours to see a doctor in a crowded area, which is very likely to be infected. Said.

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Today, this state-of-the-art facility helps public health systems provide access to quality care for young patients infected with the virus.

The center currently targets only confirmed COVID-19 pediatric patients and offers two services: assessment and home isolation, or medical observation and hospitalization.

Other children infected with COVID-19 and suspected of having symptoms are urged to visit one of HMC’s four pediatric emergency centers, Al Sadd, Ardeien, the airport and Arrayan.

Approved booster for 12 to 15 years old

To further control the spread of the virus, authorities have announced that children aged 12 to 15 years who received a second dose six months ago can use the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to increase antibodies. Did.

“This decision is in line with recent studies demonstrating the safety and efficacy of booster immunization with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in this age group,” the Ministry of Health posted on their website.

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In May 2021, the ministry approved a vaccine for the same age group, and since then nine out of ten children in Qatar have been vaccinated twice.

Jab has proven to be safe and effective for the age group. according to It has been reported to the World Health Organization, but only a few side effects have been reported.

MOPH encouraged all parents to support their children in gaining a booster dose to ensure safety as cases continue to grow.

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