Experts share new approaches to treating children from COVID-19

09 / 12 / 2021

The Panel on the Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation of Children Recovered from Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken place within Russian Health Care Week 2021 at EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds.

The event was organised by the Russian Ministry of Health Care, the Moscow City Department of Health Care, the RUDN Department of Pediatric Neurology, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, the Scientific and Practical Centre for Child Psychoneurology of the Moscow City Department of Health Care, the Research Institute of Health Care and Medical Management of the Moscow City Department of Health Care, the National Association of Specialists in Cerebral Palsy, the National Association of Child Rehabilitation Professionals. The partner - EXPOCENTRE AO.

Tatiana Batysheva, moderator of the panel, Chief Freelance Children's Specialist of the Ministry of Health Care of the Russian Federation on Medical Rehabilitation, Director of the Moscow Health Care Departments Children's Psycho-neurology Center, Member of the Moscow City Duma, believes that the role of children in coronavirus infection was underestimated at the beginning of the pandemic, while today many children who have had the infection need comprehensive medical rehabilitation.

Elena Aksenova, Director of the Research Institute of Health Care and Medical Management of the Moscow Department of Health Care, addressed the participants of the meeting with a welcoming speech. According to global statistics, she said, children are the least exposed to coronavirus infection. Many are asymptomatic. Most often, children aged 10 to 14 become ill. Among the diseases, more than 50% are respiratory, 8% are diseases of the eye and its appendages, 7% are injuries, and only 2% in 2020 were coronavirus infections, she said. She drew attention to measures taken by the government to reduce the incidence of not only coronavirus but also other types of infections in children. Measures include distance learning, minimising disruptions in the treatment. Tatiana Batysheva highlighted the importance of digitalisation in health care.

The audience received with great interest an online presentation by Ismail Osmanov, Chief Freelance Pediatrician of the Moscow Department of Health Care. He shared his experience in applying new approaches to the COVID-19 treatment of children. "Today, more than 200 thousand children with coronavirus infection are registered in Moscow. And about 10 thousand patients have been hospitalised. The incidence has increased among infants, newborns and young children, which is 10%, 11% and 12% respectively. A more rapid course of the disease has been observed in children in the last wave. It is encouraging that we have learned to diagnose this infection in children," stressed the speaker.

Natalia Ustinova, Doctor of Medicine, Head of the Department of Social Pediatrics at the Research Institute of Pediatrics of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Russian Academy of Sciences, spoke about the health risks for children during the pandemic. Olga Bykova, professor of neurology, physical and rehabilitation medicine for children at the Peoples Friendship University of Russia, made a presentation on "Digital world for the health of children with disabilities: the role of NGOs in prevention and rehabilitation of children with chronic diseases, including COVID-19".

Maria Kiseleva, Director of the Institute for Psycho-Social Work, shared her knowledge in the field of psycho-pedagogical support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The clinical experience of managing children with coronavirus infection was presented in her report by Maya Bakradze, Chief Scientific Officer of the National Child Health Centre.

Natalia Ivanova-Dostoevskaya, producer of RedCarpet Studio, and Oleg Roy, writer and producer of Great Flame Studio, also took part in the discussion. They talked about animation as a tool for emotional rehabilitation of a child.

Speeches of other participants of the panel concerned vaccination of children against coronavirus infection, state of children's dental health at COVID-19 and a number of other professional topics.

Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO