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Thailand will issue special tourist visas for long-term visits to the country for a period of at least 90 days, but subject to a 14-day quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About it reported Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha after a cabinet meeting, Bangkok Post reported.

According to the prime minister, the most important condition for issuing visas will be a 14-day quarantine. “Foreigners can come to receive tourism or medical services, and they can be isolated in government quarantine facilities or in hospitals that function as quarantine facilities,” he said.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuli Traisaranakul said the visa could be extended twice, bringing the total stay in the country to 270 days.

However, long-term visitors will need to present proof of payment for hotel booking or long-term rental.

According to her, the new type of visa is expected to start operating in October.

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Fewer medical check-ups and quarantine shifts

In the private sector, some professionals assured the Clarín newspaper that there is “a reduction in the ‘sanitary machine’ that ranges between 25% and 75%, compared to the pre-pandemic.”

There are long delays in getting shifts, between double and triple than before the pandemic, and a large number of specialists were reassigned to “Covid tasks.”

Maximiliano Leiva, general manager of the Swiss Medical Outpatient Centers, told the newspaper that today there are “dermatologists with reassigned tasks, such as the loading of patient data from coronavirus, for which you have to have medical knowledge ”, and explained that “Practices and consultations of disciplines that ‘can wait’ are reduced by 75% compared to how it was normally”.

Leiva considered that it is a System “bottleneck”: “Until a month ago, the demand was restricted. There was little offer, but people did not dare to come. This changed due to the greater opening and the delays went from 10 to 25 or 30 days ”.

He also stated that the protocols limited care to a large number of patients: “If before 100 patients, now 25, since the protocol prevents having many people in the waiting room. In other words, the phenomenon of human resources, the building issue and social distancing are combined ”.

For his part, Pablo Pratesi, head of Intensive Care at the Austral Hospital, explained that people are afraid of contagion and decide not to go to the doctors. “We are operating more peritonitis and less appendicitis. That is, more emergencies. People do not come for fear of contagion, but there is also a limitation in the beds. The operating room is free, but I do not have a therapy bed for the aftermath. The saturation The number of beds is huge, here and everywhere ”, he said.

Pratesi pointed out that there are dozens of patients who, since the summer, have been waiting for scheduled surgery, gynecological, or trauma. They are interventions that can wait because they are not urgent.

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Cuba, medical powerhouse survives with home remedies

Lack of salbutamol spray causes you to be short of breath, which then reverses into a severe asthma attack. It’s probably a psychological problem. “Lately I have had to inject aminophylline to control my asthma. Asthmatics know our body like no one else. I, for example, go into crisis when there are weather changes, due to allergies to certain foods, wool fabrics and cat hair. Under normal conditions, especially in summer, I don’t usually get asthma. With an asthma device I control my shortness of breath. But if I go out without the spray, a crisis breaks out. I always have to have one in my pocket. And a month ago I have none. Every night before going to sleep I have to give myself a salbutamol spray at the polyclinic, “says Luis Daniel.

Empty pharmacies

The pharmacy located on Calzada Diez de Octubre between Patrocinio and O’Farrill, in the Havana neighborhood of La Víbora, has the category of Main Pharmacy. Nayda, shift manager, explains that “these types of pharmacies should not lack the medicines considered basic. Supposedly every Wednesday the MINSAP should supply us with products. But no medicine has been in for more than twenty days. We have a shortage of more than 1,000 medications, including some of the most demanded as aspirin, dipyrone and vitamin C. There are also no antibiotics, ointments, ointments. We do not have raw materials to make syrups and medical formulas. And not even distilled water. It has been more than two months since medications to control diabetes or high blood pressure come in. “

Olivia, a housewife, suffers from arthritis and her legs become swollen. “The pain is terrible. And the worst thing is that I have nothing to relieve me. The doctor at the polyclinic prescribed me medicine green, tai-chi and physical exercises. But I have not improved. The doctor asked me if I have a family abroad to send me dollars, because in the international pharmacy they are selling a medicine that can alleviate my ailments. But it’s because of ´fulas´ and I don’t have a family in the ´yuma´ ”. Lidia, a mother of three, points out that there are not even lotions for lice and scabies. “The shortage of medical and health products is tremendous.”

For four years, the Ministry of Public Health cannot guarantee the supply of 801 drugs from the Basic Table of Medicines. This was recognized in the official press by Rita María García Almaguer, director of operations and technology of the Cuban Pharmaceutical Industry (BioCubaFarma).

“From 2016 to date we have had a very difficult period to guarantee the supply of 801 Basic Table medicines, of which 505 are produced in the country and the rest imported mainly from China, India and European countries.”

García Almaguer attributed these problems to the fact that “more than 85 percent of the resources we use in the production of medicines are imported. The lack of timely financing to pay the suppliers with whom we are negotiating to purchase raw materials, containers and supplies resulted in the lack and low coverage of certain drugs in the country. “

For her part, Dr. Cristina Lara Bastanzuri, head of the Department of Planning and Analysis of Medications, Reagents and Pharmacoepidemiology, clarified that among the medications on the control card (card) that had the most effects are diuretics and antihypertensives. “That means that around 1.2 million Cubans had difficulties with their treatment with these drugs in relation to each pharmacological group.”

According to a BioCubaFarma official, “the problem is not just about money. Yes, it is true that when China withdrew the credit line, difficulties began. But that step was caused by cases of corruption, breach of contracts and export of drugs that were supposedly destined for the domestic market.

Export

A consulted source assures that the shortage worsened with the delivery of large volumes of medicines to Venezuela and to the countries to which the regime exports its health services. “Medicines were taken from the warehouses, some expired, and they were sold in Venezuela to earn foreign currency.”

A report by Patricia Marcano, published in 2019 on the Armando.Info website, highlights that since Hugo Chávez announced the creation of the Barrio Adentro health program in April 2003, a barter allowed Cuba send doctors in exchange for one hundred thousand barrels of oil a day and Miraflores paid the difference in dollars to the island, the Venezuelan State has not stopped importing Cuban medicines.

Venezuela went from being a market that barely received 0.53 percent of the exports that left Cuba in 1998, to being the destination of 97 percent of the drugs produced by laboratories in Havana in 2009, which became the almost exclusive destination of its pharmaceutical exports until 2013. In these fifteen years, the Armando.Info research team points out, the olive-green autocracy obtained just over 2,223 million dollars in income, only from imports, of products with the Farmacuba seal.

A former BioCubaFarma employee stresses that “Cuba has a pharmaceutical industry capable of meeting the demand. Only raw materials, licenses and patents are needed. The problem is that, of the 3,000 million for the export of drugs, not even 5 percent was invested in Cuban drug companies. They even stopped paying the credit to the Chinese who sold us the raw material. Nobody knows where that money went ”.

Among the drugs that are missing in Cuba in recent months are diuretics, antihypertensives, salbutamol spray, carbamazepine, clobazam, isosorbide dinitrate, contraceptives and prenatal tablets, among others.

Three specialists consulted by DIARIO LAS AMÉRICAS agree that the Ministry of Public Health seeks to prioritize those cases of patients for whom their lives would be in danger if they do not have the drug. A specialist in arterial hypertension points out that “hypertensive or diabetic patients may be at risk to their lives if they do not undergo medical treatment. And for the last two or three years I have had several patients who are only halfway through their treatment. Or they don’t comply ”.

Arturo, a retired official from the Ministry of Public Health, would like to know the causes behind the large shortage of medicines in Cuba. “You can understand the lack of food and other things, but not medicine, when billions of dollars in medical services are exported every year. It simply has no explanation. If the State used 30 percent of that money in public health, I assure you that the hospitals they were not in the lamentable constructive state that they present at present nor in the pharmacies there would be a shortage of medicines. Don’t tell me about the Yankee blockade. People can’t take one more lie “

The options

A segment of citizens has chosen to create groups on social networks, in order to donate or exchange drugs that they do not use or their expiration date is near. In WhatsApp and Telegram, several of these groups have been created. One of them, named Where are there medicines? It has 257 users, active 24 hours a day.

In a chat a mother begged if someone could solve a dipyrone suppository to lower her baby’s 39 degree fever. Nobody had. A doctor advised him home remedies. Other people need medication to control hypertension or paracetamol for a grandparent. A young woman chatted: “I urgently need Intacglobin for my eleven-month-old cousin who is in intensive care and there isn’t even in hospitals.”

Half an hour later, a woman who lived several kilometers from her house told her that she had. But due to the confinement ordered again in Havana due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the regime paralyzed public transport in the capital. A user of the WhatsApp group did her the favor of taking her in his car to find the medicine. The next day, the young woman thanked the people who helped her. Another man reported that a user kept two Enalapril tablets for him to control blood pressure. “I gave her a packet of coffee and gave her ointments for her ten-month-old baby. If it weren’t for solidarity among ourselves, the situation would be even worse.”

Luis Daniel, has not had the same luck. Look for salbutamol spray by all means. It is missing on the black market and has not found a person to sell or donate it. “Solidarity and altruism is very positive. But the State is the one that must ensure the health of the people in Cuba ”.

Many believe that the regime should explain to the people the causes of the acute shortage of drugs and have a timetable for solving it. Otherwise, a health crisis is on the way.

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HUN joins clinical trial for vaccine against Covid-19

The Hospital Universidad del Norte, located in the municipality of Soledad, was endorsed by the National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) to participate in the clinical trial for the third phase of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

The health institution, which is located in the municipality of Soledad, is part of the list of six centers that already have the approval by the health authority to start the tests in the first weeks of September, after they are presented the results of the study in the previous phase.

Diego Castresana-Díaz, director of the Hospital Universidad del Norte, highlighted that participation in this trial is an endorsement of the scientific work carried out from his research center.

“We have participated in a large number of studies through the Research Center. Furthermore, these processes are always endorsed by a very strict ethics committee, which also monitors ”, he stated during a virtual press conference.

While Hugo Macareno, scientific director of the Hospital Universidad del Norte, said that this study seeks to determine the efficacy and safety of the vaccine to prevent the disease, which already leaves more than 23 million infected and 820 thousand deaths in the world.

“The inclusion criteria for this study are very rigorous. These studies will be with people between 18 and 68 years old, mainly those who are more exposed to the virus, “said Macareno.

The medical professional was emphatic in maintaining that among the exclusion criteria to participate in the clinical trial is having suffered the disease.

“The idea is that among the volunteers there are health workers, which is one of the populations that is most exposed to the virus. If a person is chosen to be part of this program, they must continue to use the precautionary measures ”, she indicated.

Silvia Aguilera, coordinator of scientific studies at Hospital Universidad del Norte, indicated that they are waiting for the sponsor of the study to determine the number of volunteers that are needed.

“Worldwide, 60 thousand people will take part in the test. The number that will be treated in each of the centers has not yet been defined and as soon as we have that data we will be able to define the strategies for their recruitment, ”said the medical professional.

Aguilera added that the main objective of phase three of the trial of this vaccine is “to validate the efficiency and safety in a representative group.”

“This test is very important to know how the virus behaves in the region. As a research center we are going to do everything possible so that this vaccine can be reliable and safe ”, he added.

In Barranquilla, the Cimedical clinical research center also received the endorsement to be part of this process.

Juan José Jaller, medical scientist at Cimedical, explained that the idea is that people over 18 years of age in good health and with a high risk of contagion participate. Each volunteer will have six face-to-face visits and weekly follow-ups to monitor if they are infected.

“This previous experience generates security, it also has the backing of the Johnson & Johnson group,” Jaller said in dialogue with EL HERALDO.

It should be noted that the people who will participate in the clinical trial will not receive any financial remuneration.

The invima speaks

The National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) indicated that the approval for the development of this clinical trial is done “exceptionally”, to advance in logistical aspects related to the importation of the vaccine, medical supplies and training of the research team in the institutions approved to participate in the process.

The entity said that, in this way, the country is expected to be ready to begin recruiting participants from the month of September. The estimated primary completion date is March 2023, although initial results are expected in January next year.

“Colombia’s participation in this clinical trial is thanks to the efforts made by the national government to control the effects of the pandemic and to improve response times in regulatory procedures related to emergency care,” said Julio César Aldana, CEO of Invima.

Likewise, the official stressed that “the measures adopted allowed the materialization of a public health policy, placing Colombia on the world stage of viable countries to start clinical trials with these vaccines.”

In addition to the Hospital Universidad del Norte and the Cimedical clinical research center, the country approved the start of the clinical trial at the Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia (Bucaramanga), Caimed (Bogotá), Fundación Oftalmológica de Santander (Floridablanca) and Solano & Terront Medical Services (Bogotá), Invima indicated in a press release sent to this medium on Tuesday.

9 centers await the endorsement

The National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) reported that nine research centers throughout the country are awaiting verification of compliance with the requirements to be part of the clinical trial.

The Clínica de la Costa de Barranquilla is part of this small group together with the Valle del Lili Foundation (Cali), Medplus Prepaid Medicine (Bogotá), Pediatric Infectious Disease Center (Cali), Santa Fe Foundation (Bogotá), Pablo Tobón Uribe Hospital (Medellín), Fundación Centro de Investigación Clínica CIC (Medellín), Program for Studies and Control of Tropical Diseases (Medellín) and High Complexity Scientific Assistance (Bogotá).

These centers seek to join the six that have already received the endorsement to carry out this study.

Globally, the third phase will initially take place in five other countries: the United States, Chile, Mexico, Peru and South Africa.

The clinical trial is expected to take place with a total population of 60,000 participants, proportionally distributed among these countries.

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Highlights of COVID-19

The remarkable thing about the pandemic has shown the advancement of science, at a clinical and molecular level. With the new knowledge, the urgent obligation to intervene in the behavior of people, their mobility and the reduction of contacts, the increase of care for people with greater risk with the increase of family and community solidarity has been defined, observing a global recognition of public health. Think not only individually, but in the well-being of others, give more to those who do not have, understanding that illness and health reach us all. Spiritual values ​​are increased over materials

Preserving life as the most important thing in existence, with an obligatory stop along the way for reflection, with the rebirth of good customs and hygienic-sanitary behaviors, highlighting hand washing, and cough and sneeze labels . I hope the cleaning of areas, surfaces and objects will become a permanent obligation for the benefit and better control of communicable diseases. The improvement in health knowledge with the participation of governments, leaders and a large number of citizens, around updated medical knowledge, with greater participation of unions, merchants, politicians and in general of almost all components of the communities is important. , for support in decisions and new regulations.

There has been a great improvement in record time in medical care, staff preparation, hospital facilities, staffing, mainly in intensive care areas. Although the response of some EAPB or EPS has been defective, for outpatient care, intense modifications are expected for the future.

Despite some controversial measures, the country shows some indicators that the pandemic has entered a decline in the cities where it was initially causing more damage. Decrease in deaths, although the number of infections still persists and grows in some populations.

The desire to reactivate activities does not seem to wait, due to the enormous economic and psychological damages, it is feared that, as has happened in other countries, the lack of self-care and non-compliance with the rules could lead us to a phase of regression to the epidemic Hence, the most important of the good is to restart activities with compliance with the rules. Preserving a health system armed by urgency, social distancing, epidemiological fences in growing sectors, reinforcing cities that are not properly strengthened, and having the hope of a vaccine in whose advanced phase we must participate.

Recognizing that health workers have been the heroes of this pandemic creates merit so that their work is finally rewarded with dignity.

The criticisms and mistakes made must be clarified and corrected so as not to commit them again, evaluating them is an obligation to guide the path of COVID-19 disasters.

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Masks should not be mandatory for children under 5 years: WHO

A group of experts assembled by the World Health Organization examined the evidence on COVID-19 and its transmission in children, as well as the limited evidence available on child use of masks.

Based on that analysis and taking into account other factors, such as psychosocial needs and developmental milestones of children, WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommended that the use of a mask should not be mandatory for children under five years of age, for the sake of the safety and general interest of the child and given their inability to properly use a mask with minimal assistance.

The WHO and UNICEF recommend that children from 12 years of age use a mask in the same cases as adults, particularly when a minimum distance of one meter from others cannot be guaranteed and there is widespread transmission in the area.

Organizations advise, however, to always consult and respect the practices recommended by local authorities.

The masks that children should use

Generally healthy children can wear cloth or hygienic masks. In this way, it is possible to control the origin, that is, to avoid transmitting the virus to other people if the child is infected and is not aware that it is.

The adult providing the cloth mask should ensure that it is the correct size and sufficiently covers the child’s nose, mouth and chin.

Children with underlying health problems such as cystic fibrosis, cancer, or immunosuppression should, in consultation with their healthcare providers, wear medical or surgical masks.

Medical masks reduce the spread of the virus and protect the user and are recommended for anyone who is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

The correct way to use the mask

Children should follow the same principles as adults regarding the use of masks. This includes cleaning your hands before putting on the mask for at least 20 seconds if using a hydroalcoholic gel or at least 40 seconds if using soap and water.

Make sure that the mask is the right size to cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Children should be taught to use the mask correctly and, among other things, not to touch the front of the mask, not to pull it towards the chin or to put it in their mouth. They should keep the mask in a bag or envelope and not share it with anyone.

Masks for children with COVID-19

All children with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should wear a medical mask for as long as they can handle it. The child should be isolated and seek medical help as soon as she begins to feel ill, even if the symptoms are mild. Family members or caregivers who come within a meter of the sick child at home must also wear a mask.

Any household member who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves from everyone else, if possible. If the child comes within one meter of a sick person at home, both the adult and the child should wear a medical mask during that time.

Masks and sports

It is not recommended for children to wear the mask while playing sports or physical activities, such as running, jumping or playing on the playground, so that it does not affect their breathing. When organizing these types of activities for children, it is important to apply the rest of the fundamental public health measures: maintain a minimum distance of one meter from others, limit the number of children who play together, facilitate access to facilities for hand hygiene and encourage their use.

Masks and visors as an alternative option

In the context of COVID-19, some children may not be able to use masks, either due to certain disabilities or in specific situations, such as speech therapy classes, in which the teacher needs to see their mouths.

In these cases, face shields can be considered an alternative to face masks, but they do not provide equivalent protection to avoid transmitting the virus to others.

If you decide to use a mask, it must cover the entire face, surround it on both sides and extend below the chin. In addition, care must be taken when using them to prevent them from breaking and causing injury to the eyes or face.

Adults should use a mask with children

In areas of widespread transmission, all adults under the age of 60 and in general good health should wear a cloth mask when they cannot guarantee a distance of at least one meter from others. This is particularly important for adults who work with children and who may have close contact with children and with each other.

People 60 and older and those with an underlying condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung cancer, should wear a medical or surgical mask, as they are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

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Cuba, medical powerhouse survives with home remedies

Lack of salbutamol spray causes you to be short of breath, which then reverses into a severe asthma attack. It’s probably a psychological problem. “Lately I have had to inject aminophylline to control my asthma. Asthmatics know our body like no one else. I, for example, go into crisis when the weather changes, due to allergies to certain foods, wool fabrics and cat hair. Under normal conditions, especially in summer, I don’t usually get asthma. With an asthma device I control my shortness of breath. But if I go out without the spray, a crisis breaks out. I always have to have one in my pocket. And a month ago I have none. Every night before going to sleep I have to give myself a salbutamol spray at the polyclinic, “says Luis Daniel.

Empty pharmacies

The pharmacy located on Calzada Diez de Octubre between Patrocinio and O’Farrill, in the Havana neighborhood of La Víbora, has the category of Main Pharmacy. Nayda, shift manager, explains that “in these types of pharmacies, the medicines considered basic should not be lacking. Supposedly every Wednesday the MINSAP should supply us with products. But no medicine has been in for more than twenty days. We have a shortage of more than 1,000 drugs, including some of the most demanded such as aspirin, dipyrone and vitamin C. There are also no antibiotics, ointments, ointments. We do not have raw materials to make syrups and medical formulas. And not even distilled water. It has been more than two months that drugs to control diabetes or high blood pressure have not come in. “

Olivia, a housewife, suffers from arthritis and her legs become swollen. “The pain is terrible. And the worst thing is that I have nothing to relieve me. The doctor at the polyclinic prescribed me medicine green, tai-chi and physical exercises. But I have not improved. The doctor asked me if I have a family abroad to send me dollars, because in the international pharmacy they are selling a medicine that can alleviate my ailments. But it’s because of ´fulas´ and I don’t have a family in the ´yuma´ ”. Lidia, a mother of three, points out that there are not even lotions for lice and scabies. “The shortage of medical and health products is tremendous.”

For four years, the Ministry of Public Health cannot guarantee the supply of 801 drugs from the Basic Table of Medications. This was recognized in the official press by Rita María García Almaguer, director of operations and technology of the Cuban Pharmaceutical Industry (BioCubaFarma).

“From 2016 to date we have had a very difficult period to guarantee the supply of 801 medicines from the Basic Table, of which 505 are produced in the country and the rest mainly imported from China, India and European countries.”

García Almaguer attributed these problems to the fact that “more than 85 percent of the resources we use in the production of medicines are imported. The lack of timely financing to pay the suppliers with whom we are negotiating to purchase raw materials, containers and supplies led to the lack and low coverage of certain drugs in the country. “

For her part, Dr. Cristina Lara Bastanzuri, head of the Department of Planning and Analysis of Medications, Reagents and Pharmacoepidemiology, clarified that among the medications on the control card (card) that had the most effects are diuretics and antihypertensives. “That means that around 1.2 million Cubans had difficulties with their treatment with these drugs in relation to each pharmacological group.”

According to a BioCubaFarma official, “the problem is not just about money. Yes, it is true that when China withdrew the credit line, difficulties began. But that step was caused by cases of corruption, breach of contracts and export of drugs that were supposedly destined for the domestic market. “

Export

A consulted source assures that the shortage worsened with the delivery of large volumes of medicines to Venezuela and to the countries to which the regime exports its health services. “Medicines were taken from the warehouses, some expired, and they were sold in Venezuela to earn foreign currency.”

A report by Patricia Marcano, published in 2019 on the Armando.Info website, highlights that since Hugo Chávez announced the creation of the Barrio Adentro health program in April 2003, a barter allowed Cuba to send doctors in exchange for one hundred thousand barrels of oil a day and Miraflores paid the difference in dollars to the island, the Venezuelan State has not stopped importing Cuban medicines.

Venezuela went from being a market that barely received 0.53 percent of the exports that left Cuba in 1998, to being the destination of 97 percent of the drugs produced by laboratories in Havana in 2009, which became the almost exclusive destination of its pharmaceutical exports until 2013. In these fifteen years, the Armando.Info research team points out, the olive-green autocracy obtained just over 2,223 million dollars in income, only from imports, of products with the Farmacuba seal.

A former BioCubaFarma employee emphasizes that “Cuba has a pharmaceutical industry capable of supplying the demand. Only raw materials, licenses and patents are needed. The problem is that, of the 3,000 million for the export of drugs, not even 5 percent was invested in Cuban pharmacological companies. They even stopped paying the credit to the Chinese who sold us the raw material. Nobody knows where that money went ”.

Among the drugs that are missing in Cuba in recent months are diuretics, antihypertensives, salbutamol spray, carbamazepine, clobazam, isosorbide dinitrate, contraceptives and prenatal tablets, among others.

Three specialists consulted by DIARIO LAS AMÉRICAS agree that the Ministry of Public Health seeks to prioritize those cases of patients for whom their lives would be in danger if they do not have the medicine. A specialist in arterial hypertension points out that “hypertensive or diabetic patients may be at risk to their lives if they do not undergo medical treatment. And for the last two or three years I have had several patients who are only halfway through their treatment. Or they don’t comply ”.

Arturo, a retired official of the Ministry of Public Health, would like to know the causes that cause the wide deficit of medicines in Cuba. “You can understand the lack of food and other things, but not medicine, when billions of dollars in medical services are exported every year. It simply has no explanation. If the State used 30 percent of that money in public health, I assure you that the hospitals they were not in the lamentable constructive state that they present at present nor in the pharmacies there would be a shortage of medicines. Don’t let them tell me about the Yankee blockade. People can’t take one more lie “

The options

A segment of citizens has chosen to create groups on social networks, in order to donate or exchange drugs that they do not use or their expiration date is near. Several of these groups have been created on WhatsApp and Telegram. One of them, named Where are there medicines? It has 257 users, active 24 hours a day.

In a chat a mother asked if someone could solve a dipyrone suppository to lower her baby’s 39 degree fever. Nobody had. A doctor advised him home remedies. Other people need medication to control hypertension or a paracetamol for a grandparent. A young woman chatted: “I urgently need Intacglobin for my eleven-month-old cousin who is in intensive care and there is not even in hospitals.”

Within half an hour a lady who lived several kilometers from her house told her that she had. But due to the confinement ordered again in Havana due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the regime paralyzed public transport in the capital. A user of the WhatsApp group did her the favor of taking her in his car to get medicine. The next day, the young woman thanked the people who helped her. Another man reported that a user kept two Enalapril tablets for him to control blood pressure. “I gave her a packet of coffee and gave her ointments for her ten-month-old baby. If it weren’t for solidarity among ourselves, the situation would be even worse.”

Luis Daniel, has not had the same luck. Look for salbutamol spray by all means. It is missing on the black market and has not found a person to sell or donate it. “Solidarity and altruism is very positive. But the State is the one that must watch over the health of the people in Cuba ”.

Many believe that the regime should explain to the people the causes of the acute shortage of drugs and have a timetable for solving it. Otherwise, a health crisis is on the way.

SPECIAL
@DesdeLaHabana

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The affection of others saves you as much as medical care

Edgardo Monsalvo is doctor, he was infected with coronavirus and was discriminated against. The professional provides a detailed account of each of the instances that he went through in late March and early April of this year. The dates, the moments in which each thing happened are very clear. The names, the faces, the words. The gestures: the good ones and the others.

2020, which is already an unforgettable year for everyone, will leave an immense mark on the life history of this 56-year-old man who graduated from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of RosarioHe made his residency at the Provincial Hospital and years later he settled in Armstrong, about 100 kilometers from the city.

It was there, when due to an intra-family contagion, during the early days of the pandemic, a sore began to open in him that is already closing, but which he needs to account for in order to reflect on the emotional impact of the disease. Covid-19, which affects the respiratory system, but which can become an almost lethal weapon when it is a reason for discrimination, blaming and violence.

The posters that some neighbors hung to doctors and nurses in the buildings asking them to leave, the escraches on social networks that include even photos of addresses or absolutely personal situations and the attacks on WhatsApp groups had their peak when the first infected people appeared , but they have not fully yielded. And even though Edgardo Monsalvo hastens to clarify that “gratitude is greater than any complaint” and that throughout the process he received great signs of affection and the immeasurable support of the colleagues who attended him in Rosario, the truth is that he had a hard time because he was harassed and criticized for suffering Covid-19. That is why today he wishes that no one else had to tolerate the misery caused by irrationality and fear, because ultimately, the human being usually rejects – and in the worst way – what terrifies him.

Several weeks before the strict quarantine was imposed in Argentina, health workers had begun to internalize the need to prepare and prepare institutions to have everything they need to face a virus that had awakened in China and it was wreaking havoc in Europe.

That he arrived in the country was a matter of weeks or days. The chinstrap and social distancing were just emerging as essential measures to minimize the risk of contagion and although the wave was close, there was still a kind of spring on these sides.

With 30 years as a doctor, working at the Hospital de Cañada de Gómez in the morning and consulting in the afternoon, Edgardo understood the need to commit everything possible to delay or stop the consequences of the epidemic as much as possible, and he joined without doubt it to the emergency committee that was assembled in Armstrong.

The first cases of Covid-19 were just appearing nationwide. A single chance encounter of a few minutes with her daughter’s boyfriend, who is an orthopedic surgeon in a private sanatorium in Rosario, and who contracted the virus although he was asymptomatic, was enough for Edgardo to catch it. The same as his wife, also a doctor, and probably his daughter and his wife’s son, who although they were close contacts and even had symptoms, were never swabbed (but that’s another part of the story).

The quarantine was ordered a few days later. But at this point, this doctor, who decided to immediately isolate himself, like his family, was already dealing with Covid-19 in his body. Of the whole group, he was the one who had the worst time. He lost his sense of smell completely, he had a fever, he felt terrible pain and extreme tiredness, which forced him to be hospitalized. There he needed oxygen (with a mustache), he spent five days in the general ward (two in critical care). He came out with five kilos less and a major weakness.

The hits

“Just as the doctors and nurses who assisted me showed empathy, responsibility for their profession and a love for their patient, there was also the other, because when I was discharged and I returned to my city I could not believe what was happening,” he recalls. .

And what was happening was nothing more than a fierce campaign of attacks against him and his family. They even threatened to set him on fire. They accused him of movements and actions “that were never, ever true, but the accounts were so painstakingly armed that many believed them.”

Even some people who had worked side by side with him in the emergency committee disappeared and did not offer help when he needed it the most, as he mentions.

“When I was in therapy I felt that I had overturned with the car and I was tumbling and tumbling and I didn’t know when it stopped. But the pain of the accusations and that they point that way to you was something totally unexpected that led me to think of leaving the place where I live and have practiced my profession for 30 years. ”

The recuperation

“Medical attention, the intervention of professionals can save you, but love and support are equally important,” says Edgardo, who recalls that one night, while in therapy, one of the nurses at the British Sanitarium, where he was treated, He sat down to accompany him for over an hour. “That was an unforgettable gesture and more than necessary, as was the affection of colleagues, kinesiologists, staff in general, who understand the disease-health process as I understand it: from the scientific point of view, but also from affection, love, and containment, which are as important as attending to the symptom ”.

Edgardo returned to his activities little by little, after several negative swabs and extensive isolation. At the beginning of the 12 or 15 patients I saw daily, only 3 or 4 returned. Fear does not serve reasons and the lack of knowledge about the Covid-19, added to the terror that some neighbors instilled in those who became ill, took their toll. But the pandemic progressed, there was more and more information and awareness that this can happen to anyone and patients began to approach the office again.

“The return was difficult, but fortunately there are many people who never walked away and prioritized love. Without doubt the appreciation is greater than any complaint, “he says.

The doctor has already donated plasma twice for the experimental treatments that are being carried out. These days he received the news that a patient who was ill recovered quickly with the serum that had been taken from him. “When they call me to donate, there I am,” he said with a smile.

“Perhaps donating is a fundamental step to finish healing what still hurts inside,” he added: “The pain that this pandemic brings can be a great raw material to improve as human beings and especially to ask ourselves big questions.”

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Police obliged to inform relatives of detainees about their hospitalization :: Society :: RBC

During the day, the police must inform the detainee’s relatives that he was given first aid or hospitalized. For medical reasons, relatives were informed of injuries or death of the detainee.

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The government ordered police officers to inform relatives or loved ones of the detainees about their hospitalization or first aid. This is stated in the resolution of the Cabinet, published on the official portal of legal information.

The amendments will supplement the government decree of April 16, 2012 “On approval of the provision on the conditions of detention, food standards and the procedure for medical care of detainees in the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation”. It says that upon the conclusion of an ambulance doctor, detainees can use medicines that are stored on the territory of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and issued by the police in the manner prescribed by doctors.

Media found out about police empowerment project

Photo: Sergey Vedyashkin / AGN “Moscow”

The new decree supplements this paragraph (No. 27) with a requirement for police officers to inform the relatives or close person of the detainee “as soon as possible” that he was given first aid or about his hospitalization. At the same time, police officers must transmit information to relatives no later than 24 hours from the moment when the person was given first aid or when he was hospitalized. The exception in this case is a serious illness, injury, injury or death of the detainee. In such situations, police officers must transmit information to relatives and the prosecutor “immediately, but no later than 3 hours” (paragraph 28 of the 2012 government decree).

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The increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 in Russia became minimal in two months :: Society :: RBC

More than 100 cases were found in 16 regions. The total number of infected in the country exceeded 641 thousand people

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Over the last day in Russia revealed 6719 cases of infection with coronavirus. This is stated in the message of the federal operational headquarters.

This is the minimum number of people infected since April 29, when 5841 cases of infection were detected.

For the fourth day in a row in Russia, less than 7 thousand cases of infection are recorded. The total number of cases in the country is 641 156 people.

The second day in a row, the number of active cases is growing (we are talking about those who are under medical supervision). This is explained by the fact that in the last day 4343 people were discharged from hospitals (the minimum figure for the last two weeks).

The most cases of infection over the last day were detected in Moscow – 782. The day before, 717 people were recognized as sick in the capital.

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