Kids were collateral damage in healthcare response to pandemic

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Kids were collateral damage in healthcare response to pandemic

Data from recent UCT advocacy briefs show an increase in child injuries in the past year

Senior science reporter

The safety of children is something over which they have no agency, and the latest stats  released by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) highlight this fact.

According to the institute’s recent advocacy briefs, data from the Western Cape shows falls increased by 5% (more children falling out of attendants’ arms, falling off beds, falling down stairs), burns increased by 10% (85% liquid burns, mainly in the kitchen) and dog bites increased by 13% (mostly by family dogs). 

“It is not surprising that we saw the highest increase in these injuries during the level five lockdown period, when everyone was confined to home,” said the authors of the brief, Shanaaz Mathews, Yolande Baker, Carla Brown and Joan van Niekerk...

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