Review Article
Volume 10 Issue 9 - 2021
Malnutrition in Children Under 5 Years: Impact of COVID-19
Adnan Abdul Aziz Al-Wahaidi* and Mohammed Elloulu
Senior Paediatrician, Child Health Expert, Executive Director of Ard El-Insan Palestinian Benevolent Association, Gaza-The Gaza Strip, Palestine
*Corresponding Author: Adnan Abdul Aziz Al-Wahaidi, Senior Paediatrician, Child Health Expert, Executive Director of Ard El-Insan Palestinian Benevolent Association, Gaza-The Gaza Strip, Palestine.
Received: March 23, 2021; Published: August 16, 2021




Abstract

The already fragile health system in the Gaza Strip which is permanently overburdened with many disabling factors has been further victimized with the Covid-19 pandemic. The term double burden was not enough to describe the devastating condition and deterioration that had been drastically affecting al life aspects in the Gaza Strip.

This event has urged Ard El-Insan Palestinian Benevolent Association (AEI) to propose a fact sheet addressing such a peculiar issue within child health, nutrition, early detection and intervention of child’s developmental delay, care of coeliac disease that are the areas of specialty of this association since 1984. Within this context, AEI was also affected as some staff were affected with Corona virus infection, a matter that caused temporary understaffing in addition to shortages of protective tools against Covid-19 virus. Many reasons contributed also to disrupted work performance including the closing down of certain areas when declared highly risky by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Interior (MOI). This procedure has minimized arrival of staff and beneficiaries living in these areas. Another factor was the procedures followed in AEI in which it was necessary to impose absolute adherence to instructions and preventive measures that necessitate changing the pattern of work and ensuring spacing between cases and receiving a limited number of patients to curb infection with Covid-19 virus.

One of the most prominent disorders was also the impaired response of medical and nutritional management of sick malnourished children. Poverty has played a major role in disabling regular arrival of people for follow up visits because of inability to afford the transportation coast. Others were not able to secure the necessary food or micronutrient supplements or dry food rations if not provided by AEI.

All the above reasons have worked adversely on service provision and hindered the actual achievement of prevention and management of acute severe and moderate malnutrition, anaemia and the accompanying common childhood illness. The cure rates slowed and the recovery period lengthened from all the diseases for which great efforts were made to treat them.

Keywords: Malnutrition; Children; COVID-19

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Citation: Adnan Abdul Aziz Al-Wahaidi and Mohammed Elloulu. “Malnutrition in Children Under 5 Years: Impact of COVID-19”. EC Paediatrics 10.9 (2021): 11-26.

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