At a press conference Friday morning, Juan Pablo Uri 's health minister in the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Comptroller and the Ombudsman' s Office wrote a report on the campaign "Fly to Dengue". Local authorities were urged to take concrete action to prevent the evil.
When the most recent figures for the effects of the virus were announced, from February 24 to March 2, until Day 9 of Epidemiology Week, According to data from the National Institutes of Health (INS), there were over 15,800 patients in this country.
Based on these data, we reiterated the urgent call for all regions to strengthen preventive measures against dengue fever. "The number of incidents is increasing every week, so we want to strengthen the message of this warning and action"Forcing the minister.
The press conference highlighted the situation of departments such as Putumayo, Amazonas, Meta, Norte de Santander, Guaviare, Boyacá, Huila, Cesar, Tolima, Magdalena and Cordoba. 55.7% (8,841) of registered patients with the highest incidence have a warning signal.
In the same incident, there was INS Director Martha Ospina, who reported that there were three major epidemics of the disease in the past. In 2010, 156,000 people were affected. 125,000 in 2013, and 101,000 in 2016.
Every week Ospina will continue to register 2,000 new cases and the case will be merged in the next newsletter So far, 20,000 cases have been reported in epidemiological terms in the warning area. However, given projections and projections, if you stay for three weeks next week, you will enter a danger zone that reaches national trends.
The health authority, the head of the INS, will decide whether an emergency declaration has been made by thenGovernments are empowered to allocate specific budgets and take action to resolve the situation.
No urgent reports yet.
It is not surprising that dengue conditions will enter the danger zone next Monday (ie, outbreaks and border conditions are already over), but there is no element to declare an emergency.
This is because INS announced a warning on Friday afternoon in a press release. It was quickly denied by the Ministry of Health, which was interpreted as an emergency declaration by many people (including this newspaper).
Beyond that controversy, the dengue panorama becomes dramatic. Although the climate cycle pointed out the overflowing growth of cases of this year this year, despite the increase in notifications since October, Along with outbreaks, measures in 150 municipalities are definitely not effective.
EL TIEMPO was able to verify that there is virtually no action by the local authorities, including mosquito vectors (aedes aegypti), through the municipality of the coast, Tolima and Huila.
As the Colombian Public Health Association warned, most of the affected municipalities are mostly small people, There is no provision of resources and skilled personnel to prevent the disease from progressing.
Hernando Nieto, the president of this union, "Dengue fever has flown and we will not try to cut our wings."
About dengue fever
Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by the question of female Aedes aegypti mosquito (the same as yellow fever and Zika). The World Health Organization has emerged, especially in urban and semi-urban tropical climates.
These symptoms averaged over a week after bite. They are accompanied by a very intense headache or pain in the back of the eye, muscles and joints with high fever. Nausea, vomiting, lymph nodes or rashes increased.
Currently there is no special treatment, so the best way is to reduce mortality with prevention and rapid medical consultation.
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What should I do?
Mosquito eyes: Aedes aegypti is a major transmitter of diseases such as dengue fever, zika and chikungunya. Consider using mosquito repellents and wear clothing that covers your arms and legs in high-risk areas.
About 85% of the territory of Colombia lies 1,600 meters below sea level. These topographical features favor epidemiological climatic conditions suitable for reproducing various types of vectors.
Turn cans, buckets or other containers that may have standing water on or off. If you need to store water, make sure it is covered properly. This is where mosquitoes remain.
Clean your house often. Where water is typically stored, such as roofs, grids, and drains. Maintain adequate ventilation at home.