CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 treatment channels for children to be set up: CECC

05/13/2022 07:21 PM
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Parents and their kids wait in a line for dedicated testing service for children at Taipei Hospital in New Taipei
Parents and their kids wait in a line for dedicated testing service for children at Taipei Hospital in New Taipei's Xinzhuang District on May 10. CNA file photo

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Public hospitals in Taiwan are in the process of establishing a special access channel for children aged six or below seeking medical attention amid a spike in domestic COVID-19 cases, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Friday.

The special access, operated by public hospitals under the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of National Defense (MND), the Veterans Affairs Council (VAC), and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), will expedite the process of obtaining medical help for children, according to the CECC.

Children can use the access to make clinic appointments or seek emergency treatment, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at the daily CECC press briefing.

There will also be independent traffic flow lanes designated for children to avoid waiting and crowd gathering, Chen said.

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of May 13, Taiwan recorded 609,133 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 12,092 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of May 13, Taiwan recorded 609,133 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 12,092 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.

According to Chen, 35 public hospitals have established such access as of noon Friday, including 15 veterans general hospital branches supervised by the VAC and 13 armed forces general hospital branches supervised by the MND across Taiwan.

Three university hospitals under the MOE and four MOHW hospitals have also built a special channel for children, Chen said.

The remaining 13 public hospitals, all run by the MOHW, will have set up the access by May 18, he said.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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