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Problem of COVID positive parents: where to keep their uninfected children?

Problem of COVID positive parents: where to keep their uninfected children?
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Kolkata, Aug 6 (PTI) A number of couples in the city,

who tested positive for COVID-19 and require hospitalisation

are facing a major problem: how to take care of their children

who did not contract the disease.

Such parents are frantically calling up doctors of

private and state-run hospitals to get a solution, but there

is none so far as relatives and friends are not ready to

welcome their children for fear of getting infected.

"We have been getting calls from couples who tested

positive for coronavirus infection but their children did not.

They don''t have anybody at home to look after their children

when they are hospitalised," a senior executive of a private

hospital told PTI on Thursday.

A state government official and his wife had to leave

their 17-year-old son alone in their two-room flat in Garia

area of the city after testing positive for COVID-19.

"We called up our relatives, close friends and

neighbours to allow our son to stay with them for a fortnight

or sotill we are discharged from hospital. But everyone

denied citing one reason or the other. We had no other option

and he stayed alone at home," the agriculture department

official said.

The parents used their phones to help him manage

domestic chores for 10 days when they were at hospital.

"We were quite tense. We were at hospital and our son

was alone at home managing things single-handedly. We were in

touch through phones and video calls," he added.

The matter was worse for Sunit Mukherjee (name changed

on request), who runs an apparel shop at Behala in the

southern part of the city, when he and his wife were diagnosed

with COVID-19 but their four-year-old daughter and elderly

parents were absolutely fine.

"We had nobody to take care of our daughter and my

parents. I requested my sister and my brother-in-law to take

them to their place but they denied. The response from other

relatives and our neighbours is the same.

"So, my parents are managing things alone while we

both are here," said Mukherjee who, along with his wife, is

currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Rajarhat in

the eastern fringes of the city.

A senior doctor at the state-run COVID hospital said,

"This is quite a major problem for parents. We are getting

calls, but we dont know how to help them. It should be

addressed by the society itself."

Another government doctor said that social stigma and

confusion related to the disease are creating these problems.

"We ourselves have to decide whether we want to extend

a helping hand to a child when the entire globe is facing this

pandemic. We have to formulate a programme for this," he said.

West Bengal till Wednesday has 22,992 active COVID-19

patients and Kolkata accounts for the maximum cases at 6,736.

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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