The Union health ministry has requested states to look out for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a coronavirus-linked condition, and identify secondary and tertiary care institutes with competence and infrastructure to deal with it, indicating that it could be deemed a notifiable disease.
The majority of children who contract the coronavirus develop a minor sickness. However, several organs and tissues, such as the heart, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, digestive system, brain, skin, and eyes, become severely inflamed in infants who acquire MIS-C. In a letter to state health directors dated June 2, Dr. Sunil Kumar, director-general, health services, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, stated that MIS-C is a significant complication in Covid-19 patients. He requested that the Centre release the weekly data incidence (new cases) of MIS-C reported in the State/UT because this is a condition that is not usually reported through the integrated disease surveillance portal (IDSP) or any other portal.
Collecting statistics on these cases is critical, according to Dr. Aarti Kinikar, head of Covid’s paediatric task group in Pune. “Unless reporting becomes mandatory, there will be insufficient data on these MIS-C cases. For example, there have been 7-8 critical MIS-C cases at Sassoon General Hospital in the last 15 days, and we are aware that private hospital doctors have been reporting a hike”, she said.
Parents should be cautious but not afraid, according to Dr. Jitendra Oswal, deputy medical director of Bharati Hospital. “Most of the children who are afflicted develop a minor illness with a fever and must be monitored at home according to IAP standards. MIS-C is a curable disease with a high rate of recovery. However, we must be vigilant and watch for warning indications, according to Dr. Oswal.