Two young people in hospital are fighting the virus – .

Two young people in hospital are fighting the virus – .

Two people from Northern Ireland under the age of 19 are hospitalized to fight the coronavirus, figures from the Department of Health have revealed.
It comes as intensive care units in the region fill up with patients who need help breathing after contracting the life-threatening virus.

Over the past week, it emerged that the majority of people treated in hospitals had not been vaccinated.

Head nurse Charlotte McArdle said it was now possible for the Nightingale unit at Belfast City Hospital to reopen to help deal with the rising number of patients.

However, a health spokesperson said: ‘Due to the increase in the number of Covid-positive patients at Belfast Trust and the associated increase in demand for intensive care, the Belfast Trust plans to open a group of six beds for Covid patients at Belfast City Hospital in addition to the seven non-Covid intensive care beds available for complex surgery there.

“It will depend on the ability to recruit qualified staff. The decision to open a regional nightingale facility has not yet been made but remains under constant review. “

The latest figures show 208 hospital patients, two are under 19, 22 are between 30 and 39, 24 are between 40 and 49 and 20 are between 50 and 59. Of the total number of patients currently hospitalized, about a quarter are under 50.

DUP MP Pam Cameron told the BBC’s Nolan Show: “I think young people should be wary.

“I have heard of young adolescents who are very sick with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland in intensive care. Young people and children are not immune to this disease. There were 86 adults and five children in more than two Belfast hospitals with the disease.

“Of those, I think there were about 23 on intensive breathing assistance. This means they may well need intensive care. “

When asked if she knew if any children were in intensive care, the vice chair of the Stormont health committee said: “I have heard of a teenager in intensive care on a ventilator and it terrifies me. I think young people should know that they are not immune to this. “

Belfast Live reported last week how Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill revealed that the majority of people treated in hospital for the virus were unvaccinated and belong to younger age groups.

This morning, it was reported that the majority in intensive care were men between the ages of 30 and 55 who had not accepted their offer of an injection.

This followed calls from the Belfast and South East Trusts on Sunday evening for staff to come and help deal with the pressures they were facing due to the growing number of patients.

Ms. McArdle told Stephen Nolan: “All of our trusts are having extreme difficulty coping… at the current level of care demands. This has an impact on the emergency services, the general medical services, the ambulance service and in all areas really.

“Five trusts are now in extreme escalation and (…) there are over 190 people waiting more than 12 hours to be admitted to hospital – 51 wait at the Belfast Trust more than five hours. “

She also said staff illnesses increased over the past week and demand for intensive care beds increased dramatically over the weekend.

Ms McArdle explained: “There are two problems. First, this Covid surge has increased the demand for services much faster than we anticipated, but our emergency services and unplanned care through emergency services have been under really significant pressure for the latter. month.

“We think it’s a complication of the whole covid situation. “

Regarding intensive care, she said the number of people being treated “had increased very significantly over the weekend”.

She added: “A total of 15 patients were admitted to intensive care over the weekend, adding to a number that has steadily increased over the past two weeks.

She revealed on average in the Belfast Trust, “about 60% of these people are not vaccinated”.

And she said: “There are also people who have already received one of the two vaccines. “

Regarding the teenager admitted to intensive care, Ms McArdle said she did not wish to go into details of any case, but added: ‘There are a growing number of young people in need of a very high level of care. acute in some of our hospitals by the minute.

“This virus doesn’t ask you how old you are or where you see yourself in five years before attacking your body. He is always looking for a new host and he will be opportunistic and take any available host he can find.

“While many of our young people are fit and healthy and want to continue living their lives, I cannot stress enough the need for them to be vaccinated. “

The Belfast Trust has been contacted for comment.

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