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Govt issues guidelines for management of Covid-19 in children; use of Remdesivir forbidden

Prime News, National, Children, Health, Disease, New Delhi, June 10:- The central government has strictly forbidden the use of Remdesivir in children infected with coronavirus.

Also, the children under the age of five are no longer required to wear face masks.

These recommendations have been made in the guidelines issued by the Union government.

Directorate General of Health Services, DGHS of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued comprehensive guidelines for management of Covid-19 in children below 18 years.

In the guidelines, an emergency use authorisation drug Remdesivir has not been recommended in children. DGHS has said that there is lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data about the use of Remdesivir in children below 18 years of age.

Lab investigations are not required for the children in asymptomatic and mild cases. These investigations are needed only in moderate and severe cases.

Rational use of high resolution CT scan of the chest has been recommended by the DGHS.

Routine high resolution CT imaging of the chest in Covid-19 patients is not recommended.

Use of high resolution CT scan has been advised in the moderate and severe cases in children in the event of continuous worsening of condition.

DGHS has advised to avoid self medication of steroids. It has recommended that use of steroids is harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19.

It has been suggested that steroids must be used at the right time in the right dose under strict supervision in hospitalised moderately severe and critically ill Covid-19 cases in children. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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