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Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Contributed To Severity Of Sickness, Death Of Four-Month-Old Baby And 15-Year-Old Child: Dr Fong

Dr Fong said five deaths were from the Central Division, three from the Western, two from the Eastern, and one from the Northern.
26 Jan 2022 14:47
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Contributed To Severity Of Sickness, Death Of Four-Month-Old Baby And 15-Year-Old Child: Dr Fong
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. James Fong. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The pre-existing conditions from birth on a four-month-old infant and a 15-year-old child contributed to the severity of their COVID-19 sickness and death over the past few days.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said their death was a sad reminder that as cases spiked  in the community, the most vulnerable were at higher risk of being infected and suffering from severe disease.

In his COVID-19 update on Monday night, Dr Fong announced that there were 11 new COVID-19 deaths to report from the period January 13 to January 23.

Dr Fong said five deaths were from the Central Division, three from the Western, two from the Eastern, and one from the Northern.

“Two of the people who died were below the age of 18 years old, both had pre-existing conditions from birth, which contributed to the severity of their sickness and deaths,” he said.

“One of the deaths was a four-month old infant from the Western Division, who was brought to a remote nursing station on January 13 in a severely weakened state.

“He was medically assessed and stabilised by the attending medical staff and a COVID test was done which was noted to be positive. Sadly he passed away before he could be transferred to Lautoka Hospital, despite the resuscitation efforts of the attending medical staff. Records show that the infant had been born with medical complications and was lost to follow-up. He was not eligible for vaccination.”

He added that a 15-year-old child was also part of the deaths from COVID-19.

“The young boy was from the Central Division and was admitted to the CWM Hospital on January 17th. He had a significant pre-existing medical condition that contributed to the worsening of his COVID-19 complications and died two days later.”

He also announced that since the last update on January 21, the ministry had recorded a total of 987 new cases; of which 656 new cases were recorded on January 22, 81 new cases were recorded on January 23 and 250 new cases ending Monday 8am. Of the 987 cases recorded, 859 cases were in the Central Division; 62 cases in the Western Division, 18 cases in the Northern Division, and nil cases in the Eastern Division

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