Published on April 11, 2021

AHMEDABAD: Heart-touching scenes are being witnessed at Civil Hospital as more and more children are getting affected by coronavirus during this surge in cases. As the specially created paediatric ward is the only Covid-19 ward where a person is allowed with a patient, it’s the doting fathers and mothers here who look after their kids down with infection.

Rambir Rajput, a scrap dealer, is staying with his son Saurav for the past 10 days at the Civil Hospital. Saurav, 3, had started developing symptoms such as cough and fever, after which he was taken to a private hospital and referred to Civil Hospital. “I wear a PPE kit and take care of him. Doctors say that his condition is improving,” Rajput told TOI, adding that other members of his family have not got infected.

On a nearby bed is Dulani Miriya, a resident of Noblenagar area, who got admitted to Civil Hospital on Saturday with his 14-month-old daughter Mayesha. “I tested positive two days back. But as I had milder symptoms, I was advised home quarantine. Meanwhile, my daughter started developing fever and severe irritation. Thus, we did not waste time. While her report (on Covid-19) is yet to arrive, we have got her admitted to prevent further complications,” she said.

Dr Rakesh Joshi, additional medical superintendent of Civil Hospital, said that the hospital has 12 minor patients out of which two are kids and others are adolescents. “The symptoms are milder in children compared to adults, but we are seeing rise in patients with severe symptoms in this wave of the pandemic,” he said.

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