Pandemic holds up kids’ surgeries
Over two lakh children in India are born with congenital heart disease (CHD) every year, and about 30,000 CHD surgeries are performed on children annually
The disruption in medical procedures since March has caused a large backlog of emergency cases and shortage of ICU beds
The covid-19 crisis has delayed heart surgeries for thousands of children across India. Doctors say there’s been a 70% reduction in the number of surgeries on children due to the disruption in hospitals since March.