Raimondo calls drop in child immunizations, doctor visits “a potential public health crisis”
Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said Friday that the state confirmed its first case of Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome. This is a new emerging illness nationally that some children are coming down with after testing positive for COVID-19.
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – During her coronavirus briefing on Friday Governor Gina Raimondo said there has been an alarming drop in child immunizations and doctor visits.
“This is a potential public health crisis,” Raimondo said. “We don’t have a lot of time to fix it.”
She went on to urge parents with young children to make their appointments so kids can get back to school on Aug. 31.
According to Gov. Raimondo, in April and May there was a 52% drop in immunizations for children between the ages of 2-7.
This news came on the same day that Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott confirmed the state’s first case of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in a child.
The syndrome is a new rare condition that some children are coming down with that may be tied to exposure to COVID-19.
Dr. Alexander-Scott said the state confirmed its first case of the syndrome on Thursday in a school-aged girl.
The girl is in the hospital but is not in the ICU and is doing well. She also tested positive for COVID-19.
“It may sound concerning but this is a rare condition,” Dr. Alexander- Scott said Friday
Raimondo said pediatricians “are bending over backward” to make sure visits to the doctors office are safe for kids.