The provincial capital of Malaga has activated an emergency protocol as admissions of children with bronchitis are on the rise
Catalina Garcia, the minister of health, acknowledged that the Regional Hospital of Malaga has seen the “most complex” cases of bronchiolitis in children across all of Andalucia, Spain. A total of 74 children have been admitted with the illness to the medical facility where the Maternal and Child Center is housed.
To deal with the increase in admissions, 30 more nurses were hired to care for the 58 active cases, of which 16 are currently receiving specialist treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).
A chest cold, often called acute bronchitis, occurs when the airways of the lungs swell and produce mucus in the lungs. That is what makes a person cough. Acute bronchitis can last less than 3 weeks- unless there are accompanying complications.
The health minister has pointed out that Covid protection measures in the hospitals “are still in force” to protect the children from this respiratory condition, pointing to “hand washing, masks for the elderly, keeping a safe distance and the isolation of minors.”