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21 April, 2024
 
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Rising hospitalizations and concerns amidst low vaccination rates

Increased COVID-19 and RSV cases highlight urgent public health challenges

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Charalambos Charilaou, the Press Representative of OKYPY (Organization of State Health Services), addressed the surge in hospitalizations due to viral pneumonia and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in an interview with "SPOR FM 95.0" on the show "DIASPORA NEWS" with Oriana Papantoniou.  Charilaou reassured the public that the observed increase in hospitalizations during this period is expected, emphasizing that "there is nothing strange that rings a bell." He disclosed that over 60 patients are currently hospitalized, with three in the ICU. Notably, the majority of these patients are over the age of 75.

Charilaou expressed concern over the low levels of vaccination coverage against the disease, citing data from the Ministry of Health. Of particular worry for authorities is the transmission of cases in nursing homes, especially in Nicosia, indicating the presence of transmission chains. The need for increased vaccination efforts to protect vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, is underscored by this trend.

In a related development, Dr. Avraam Elias, the Director of Pediatrics at Makariou Hospital, highlighted the prevalence of the RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) infection in children. Speaking on "DIASPORA NEWS," Dr. Elias urged special attention to infants, revealing that 7-8 out of 10 children admitted to Makario are affected by respiratory infections, with RSV being the dominant strain. The virus manifests with symptoms like severe breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, runny nose, fever, and anorexia. Dr. Elias noted that the hospital is currently at full occupancy, but several discharges are expected today.

The concurrent challenges of viral pneumonia, COVID-19, and RSV infections underscore the importance of public health measures and vaccination campaigns to curb the spread of respiratory illnesses. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and urging the public to adhere to health guidelines to protect both themselves and vulnerable populations.

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