Children infected with Dengue, COVID-19 on the rise at LRH: Pediatrician

The number of children who are currently receiving treatment for dengue virus and also for COVID-19 at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) in Colombo is increasing, LRH Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera said.

He told the Daily Mirror that they found 25 dengue-positive cases – 18 with normal dengue fever, and another eight with dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) are being treated at the hospital.

Meanwhile, he stated that nine normal COVID-19-positive children are being treated at the COVID wards, and another two patients are at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

The number of dengue and COVID-positive cases were found after random checking on the patients. If we have checked all the patients, the number would have been more, Dr. Perera said.

Therefore, the doctor advised the people to clean their environment, including their homes and school premises.

He also advised to follow basic health guidelines again to prevent children getting infected with COVID-19 virus. (DM)

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