Kaohsiung Opening Pediatric COVID-19 Clinics 防堵校園疫情 高市明啟「小兒快篩陽門診」

Kaohsiung's daily COVID case count hit a record high after the city reported 1,127 new cases on May 5. The city will open Taiwan's first COVID-19 clinics especially for children starting this weekend. 


The line goes around the block at this drive-in testing station. With the number of new cases exceeding 1,000 in Kaohsiung on the 5th, the number of people wanting to get tested per day has tripled from 1,000 to 3,000.

Chen Chi-mai, Kaohsiung City Mayor: “We have 21 (community testing stations), and we hope people can try going to different ones at different times of day.”

Despite workplace and campus outbreaks spreading more and more quickly, the number of people visiting community testing stations has gone down with more people preferring the drive-in location. The city is calling on residents to use different stations. The city will also open its first pediatric clinics to treat children that test positive at nine hospitals and four community testing stations on the 7th.

Lai Tsung-hung, Honorary Chair, Kaohsiung City Medical Association: “We have pediatricians in residence that see patients, write prescriptions and administer PCR tests to determine if a child needs to be hospitalized.”

Wang Lin, Standing Director, Taiwan Pediatric Association: “Symptoms of COVID-19 infection are indistinguishable from that of the common cold. If (your kid) has symptoms, you should take them to a pediatric clinic and get a doctor's evaluation. If a child needs to be hospitalized regardless of their rapid test result, their parents should take them to one of the nine major hospitals.”

Pediatricians say COVID-19 symptoms are indistinguishable from common cold symptoms and the clinics can help parents get their children evaluated by professionals.

 

 

長長車陣沿著路旁排隊,綿延到下一個路口,這是市府設置的「車來速」採檢車道,隨著昨日高雄確診病例破千,車來速也湧現排隊車潮,從過去平均每天1000人次,攀升到一天3000人次。

高雄市長陳其邁表示:「我們也希望說民眾能夠盡量的分流,就近利用21個篩檢站,現在其實人數都不多。」

高雄市府發現,車來速採檢量變多,社區篩檢站人次反而變少,呼籲民眾分流。另外也發現職場、校園近來確診增加速度最快,擔心疫情加速蔓延到學校,高市也將在明日首創「小兒快篩陽性特別門診」,轄區9家醫院搭配4大社區篩檢站,都請小兒科醫師進駐看診,協助兒童確診後治療因應。

高市醫師公會榮譽理事長賴聰宏表示:「這邊都有小兒科醫師在那邊駐診,看完診以後、給了藥以後,順便會做一個PCR的採檢,立刻我們會評估說,這個小朋友需不需要住院。」

台灣兒科醫學會常務理事王玲表示:「新冠感染的症狀來講跟一般感冒是無法區分的,當有感冒症狀的時候,其實應該就近到基層兒科診所,經過醫師的評估,(快篩後)不管是陰性或陽性,他都是需要住院的時候,請家長會直接轉到九大醫院。」

兒科醫師提醒,新冠肺炎症狀有時跟感冒難以區分,但特別門診有兒科醫師評估,可降低擠往急診感染風險,也可減少醫療負擔。

 

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