The largest pediatric hospital in Brazil, Pequeno Príncipe, is prepared to welcome children and adolescents with coronavirus (COVID-19). For this purpose, a 10-beds ICU is already devoted for the care of these patients, as well as an inpatient floor with 24 rooms, which can receive up to two beds which, totaling 48 beds. And in this pandemic moment, several measures were taken by the institution to protect the health of children, adolescents and their families, and the health of the more than Pequeno Príncipe’s 2,000 employees.
“More than never, the support of the society for our institution is fundamental,” says the Hospital’s executive director, Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro. “Along one hundred years of history, with each new challenge we face, we are strengthened with the trust and support we receive from companies and sensitive people committed to caring for the most vulnerable and transforming society. Together, we will face and overcome this challenging moment,” emphasizes the director.
This is one of the subjects of the Pequeno Príncipe News – Special edition COVID-19, that also reinforce that the social distancing is the best way to protect and preserve health. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) decreed a pandemic due to coronavirus and schools began to call off classes, the concern of many families has turned to children, who are now at home. Adopting some specific measures at this time can help to protect the health – physical and mental – of the little ones and the whole family.
Another report of this news’ edition highlights that keeping the vaccination card up to date is crucial for children’s health. “Families need to remember that other diseases will not disappear because of the coronavirus. This is not the time to let our guard down. All we don’t need at the moment is more cases of measles, meningitis, whooping cough and other diseases that can be prevented with vaccination. The flu vaccine (Influenza) is just as important as the others,” warns the pediatrician of Pequeno Príncipe Hospital and coordinator of the institution’s Vaccine Center, Heloísa Ihle Garcia Giamberardino.
Click here and read the full-length articles in the 1st edition of Pequeno Príncipe News – Special edition COVID-19.