Dengue epidemic triggers alarms in Ciego de Ávila in addition to the coronavirus

A dengue epidemic triggers the alarms in the weakened public health system of Ciego de Ávila, which is also trying to cope with the coronavirus pandemic with a high incidence rate.

Invasive indicated that Public Health reports in Ciego de Ávila an average of 71 coronavirus cases per day and all of them are autochthonous, with which there is a high transmission still in the territory. Statistics do not allow us to reach the new normal and in the midst of the crisis, a dengue epidemic is straining the health situation in the province.

The high incidence of dengue mainly affects municipalities Chambas, Bolivia and Majagua, although Hummock It should not neglect its indicators, as indicated by the Provincial Health Directorate.

The highest risk territory is the Bolivian municipality. It is recognized as being of low surveillance and has the highest positivity, which makes it have an infestation index of 1.03 and 11 larval foci of the Aedes aegypti mosquito have been detected.

The provincial director of Health, Nilka Pita German, insisted that “until a PCR is not negative, treatment suggestive of dengue is not done but of COVID-19”, considering that both diseases can have similar symptoms.

Regarding the coronavirus, the Temporary Working Group of Ciego de Ávila maintains 18 Care Centers open for suspicious and positive people with 1,731 beds for patients. On Tuesday, 15 new sources of transmission for COVID-19 were opened and only managed to close 9, indicating an increase in infections in relation to previous days.

The first secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Party, Carlos Luis Garrido PerezHe said that in his province there is still no talk of a “new normal”. The municipality with the lowest coronavirus incidence rate is Morón and has 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants when “the protocol establishes that this indicator must be below five”.

Regarding the march of the vaccination against the coronavirus, Garrido indicated that the 91% of the population has at least one dose but still 6 municipalities are below this indicator. He mentioned that they have had deficiencies in their management such as late arrival in the delivery of vaccines or the inability to guarantee a snack to medical personnel.

Ciego de Ávila, starting in November, intends to vaccinate with a booster dose those who completed their vaccination schedule more than six months ago. They will use the Cuban vaccines Soberana 02, Soberana Plus, Abdala and Mambisa.

On Wednesday the Cuban Ministry of Public Health reported 2 354 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths, confirming that there is a downward trend in infections since the last month. The four provinces with the highest incidence were Camagüey (502), Pinar del Río (364), Sancti Spíritus (324) and Holguín (276).

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