Minister of Health Dr. Luis Medina Ruiz spoke this Friday at a press conference about the epidemiological situation in the province, and in the context of World Dengue Day, which is celebrated tomorrow, he announced that 24 days have already been registered in Tucumán. no positive cases.
In this context, the minister Luis Medina Ruiz emphasized the positive nature of the news, since, in particular, this year, despite the winter, cases of the disease were still registered:
“Today we can already say that the circulation of the Dengue virus is not present in our country and has not been detected. In any case, the fact that we have not had Dengue fever for 24 days does not mean that we should lower our arms and the alarm, because there are still cases in the north of Salta, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil, it is hot, and if we don’t control the waters and breeders come up, of course if a person with dengue comes in and gets bitten by a mosquito, there will be more outbreaks.”
Following this line, the Head of the Health Portfolio emphasized that careful epidemiological surveillance is ongoing, while work on disinformation and public awareness continues: “This work is reflected in the fact that, despite the heat, there are not many mosquitoes here. This is a good sign and means, that citizens are working, because, although very hard work is going on on the part of the state, on the part of the Ministry of Health, the active participation of citizens is of decisive importance, the advice that we give and the Orders that we make by all means reach homes, and we see that they are producing results.
Regarding the world’s ability to access dengue immunization, Medina Ruiz noted that a Japanese-derived vaccine would be available by the end of the year, although he insisted that the dose was another option, not a final decision. Problem: “The tool is the vaccine, but we also continue to fight ponds of garbage. It is likely that by the end of the year we will have a vaccine, it is possible, but we insist on what we have on hand, which is to continue working in our homes and neighborhoods, in our courtyards, destroying breeding grounds. “.
With regard to the work of the vaccination point, located in the streets of Mendoza and Muñécas, until the end of the month, the minister said that the possibility of extending the period for developing its tasks is being evaluated, since there is a large influx of people who are vaccinated there: “Last Saturday, 150 people were already vaccinated by noon, delivered more than 200 doses, and it is very good. Each dose of vaccine administered is a person who is at lower risk of developing severe Covid, influenza or pneumonia, for this reason we thank the staff who are in our centers and, of course, the community that adheres to the principle of vaccination and protection.” .
“Health work never stops, our nodes and hospitals are available. We should take the opportunity to get vaccinated. Let’s remember that the flu vaccine is available, it’s free, and while it’s not mandatory or scheduled for people under 65, at Tucumán we made it possible for anyone who wants to get vaccinated, regardless of their condition. “Whether He has social work or not, he can do it because we have a vaccine,” he said.
With regard to medical operations, the Minister emphasized that this weekend, continuing the work that was carried out during the week in the valleys, an operation will be carried out in Amaicha del Valle and Colalao del Valle, which will be supervised by more than 50 specialists. people with risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
“Our team members have traveled to Amaichu and Colalao del Valle and work specifically for those people who have limited access to healthcare. The provincial government is asking us to get closer to the people and not wait for them to come looking for us, there are people who may have chronic diseases and it is difficult for them to go to a cardiologist or a therapist, and these operations are especially for them,” he said. He declared.
Regarding the economic context in which the country is located, the minister reassured, saying that the Ministry of Health has a predictability in terms of procurement of resources for at least three to four months.
“In Tucuman, medicines, disposable consumables and everything necessary for operations are guaranteed. Sometimes we don’t appreciate the fact that Argentina has healthcare and education; Any one of us can have a health problem, urgent or urgent, and can testify that he gets to the hospital where he receives the highest quality care and free of charge. I think we should value these services, our scientists, we are making agreements with CONICET and the university, for which we will soon develop and produce a biolarvicide in Tucumán, we have the opportunity to conclude an agreement with Cuba, among other things, for a vaccine against dengue, so we have to reassess the situation when someone doubts the importance of this,” he concluded.