Toys, boards games, cartoons to keep children with COVID-19 busy in hospital isolation wards

Coronavirus Chandigarh and Punjab | Children at PGI Hospital

The health authorities in Punjab and Chandigarh look to keep children infected by a coronavirus occupied with the board games, cartoons, and regular counseling. The children were feeling anxious as they adjust to isolation wards and PPE-clad doctors.

As per the report, two sisters at the Jalandhar civil hospital, who tested positive for coronavirus, have been given toys and a carom board to keep them busy. At the PGIMER in Chandigarh, the children infected with the pandemic are kept engaged with cartoons on TV and drawing sessions.

Jalandhar Senior Medical Officer Kashmiri Lal stated that “We have given them carom board and Ludo to play in an order to make them comfortable.” He also added that a television set up has been installed in the ward.

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The two sisters, aged six and seven, tested positive after their grandfather contracted the novel coronavirus. Reportedly, the psychiatrists also counsel them regularly so they feel at ease. The psychiatrists said that convincing the parents to bring their children to the hospital is one of the biggest challenges.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGI, Swapanjit Sahu, said that the biggest problem is to convince them to bring the kids here as they are not ready to come. He also told that the children see doctors in PPE kits which they have never seen before and then start crying.

-PTC News