Health Minister Juan Pablo Uribe issued a report on "Reducing Dengue Wings" on Friday morning at the Office of the Attorney General's Office, the Office of Audit Offices and the Office of the Ombudsman in which local authorities were invited to take concrete steps to halt the progress of this evil.
If the latest data on this virus were submitted, by the 9th epidemiological week, which was ranked between 24 February and 2 March, According to the National Institute of Public Health (INS), more than 15,800 patients have been collected in the country.
On the basis of these data, Uribe reiterated the urgent call on all regions to intensify the precautionary measures against dengue. "The number of cases is increasing every week, so we want to reinforce this alert and action message".He insisted on 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. with the highest incidence of disease and warning signs in 55.7 percent of registered cases (8,841).
INS Director Martha Ospina also attended the same event, saying that three major epidemics of the disease have occurred in the past: 156 000 were affected in 2010; in 2013, with 125,000 cases and another in 2016, with 101,000 cases.
Ospina continued every week, registering 2,000 new cases, and adding the cases in the next newsletter 20,000 cases, which epidemiologically puts the alert zone. However, in view of the forecasts and the expected figure, we would enter a risk zone by the next week, which would, if it were kept for three weeks, reach a national epidemic level.
Until then, health authorities would decide whether to make an emergency statement, which empowers the government to allocate specific budgets and take action to address this situation.
There is no emergency declaration yet
Although it is self-evident that next Monday the dengue situation will enter the risk zone (that is, the outbreak and alert status have already been overflowing), there are still no factors that could trigger an emergency situation.
This is because on Friday afternoon they circulated the information that claimed the warning it was interpreted by many (including this diary) as an emergency statement that the health ministry quickly denied.
In addition to this controversy, panorama dengue becomes dramatic in the sense that although this year's climate cycles pointed to the overflow of these cases, and since the number of notifications has increased since October, Measures in 150 municipalities with focal infections certainly did not work.
EL TIEMPO was able to verify that the measures of the local authorities, which contain the mosquito vector (aedes aegypti), were virtually nil within the inspection of the coastal communities, Tolima and Huila.
As the Colombian Public Health Association warned, in most of the affected communities, especially the small ones, there are no provisions on resources and trained staff to manage the course of the disease.
Hernando Nieto, president of this union, states that under these conditions "Dengue took off and we won't get to get rid of the wings."
Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by bites of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (as well as yellow fever and Zika). The World Health Organization states that it is found in tropical climates, especially in urban and semi-urban areas.
Symptoms that appear a week after bite on average they are high fever, accompanied by very intense headache or pain behind the eyeballs, in the muscles and in the joints; nausea, vomiting, enlarged lymph nodes or rash.
There is currently no special treatment, so prevention and rapid medical consultation to reduce their mortality is the best measure.
Read here Editorial: More Than Wailing.
What to do?
Mosquito Eye: Aedes aegypti is the main transmitter of diseases such as dengue, zika and chikungunya. Consider using a mosquito repellent and wear clothing that covers your hands and feet in high risk areas.
About 85% of Colombian territory is below 1600 meters above sea level. These geographical characteristics favor epidemiological climatic conditions suitable for reproduction of different types of vectors.
Turn or remove cans, buckets, or other containers that may have standing water. If you need to store the water, do it correctly and place the appropriate covers. That's where the mosquitoes stay.
Often clean the places of your home where water is usually stored, such as roofs, grates and drains. And try to maintain adequate ventilation at home.