12% of Covid-19 cases in India among those under 20, says UNICEF
- The report said that disruption in essential services are harming the children
- It also states that the pandemic's impact will affect children for years to come
- The report takes a look at how the world responds now to the myriad risks of the pandemic
A recent report by UNICEF analysing data from 87 countries displayed that nearly 12% of Covid cases in India are amongst children and adolescents under 20 years of age. The report adds newer angles to previously conceived notions of COVID affecting health of children and adolescents, in that the effects of the pandemic might be more direct than previously thought.
The report also stated that disruption in essential services for children, for instance education, healthcare, dietetics, and child protection were causing harm to children.
“The impact of the pandemic will affect children’s lives for years to come, even if a breakthrough vaccine becomes available soon. How the world responds now to the myriad risks that the pandemic poses to children and adolescents will determine the future,” ‘Averting a Lost Covid Generation’ – the report published on UNICEF’s official website - describes.
“School closure due to COVID-19 affected almost 90% students around the world – including 743 million girls. More than 111 million of them are in the least developed countries”, the report further stated.
UNICEF India representative Dr Yasmin Ali Haque said that the fight against Covid-19 should not come at the expense of the fight against preventable diseases. He also stressed on continuing immunisation for all diseases which are preventable through vaccines.
According to estimations mentioned in the report, around two million additional child deaths under age five and 200,000 stillbirths could occur over a 12-month period with worst-case interruptions to service and rising malnutrition.