Doctors observe a lack of government planning in the fight against Covid-19 and call for containment measures

The Bolivian Medical College said Thursday that the government’s decision to postpone the requirement to carry vaccination cards shows a lack of planning by national authorities in the fight against Covid-19 and called for containment measures to be taken in the face of the increase . of contagions.

“Yesterday we were surprised with another unplanned measure that says that a vaccination card will not be required until January 26th. What is the population being told? That is, do not get vaccinated before January 26th, and this worries the Bolivian Medical Panel as this vaccination campaign is not planned, “said Freddy Fernández, general secretary of the Bolivian Medical College.

He noted that when the government made the anticovid card mandatory, “it had not thought of the vaccination points or the doses that advertising would require. There was no organization, we saw that the vaccination points and the test execution were very close together and that it poses a risk.

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Meanwhile, the President of the Scientific Committee, María Virginia Paredes, proposed urgent action in the face of the Covid-19 infection explosion that is affecting various regions of the national territory. He reiterated the need for border controls, containment or strict quarantines in the communities hardest hit by the virus.

Paredes said a sustained surge in infections had been seen over the past two weeks and regretted the government’s failure to use infection containment strategies in departments like Santa Cruz or Cochabamba.

“The committee is very concerned about the situation we are going through. Containment measures should be put in place, such as encapsulating specific locations where spikes are triggered or putting strict quarantines in place to keep the virus from circulating. Strict border controls must be in place to prevent imported cases from spreading in the country. These strategies are not being considered, but should be implemented, especially in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, ”he indicated.

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Another problem facing the industry is the loss of human resources. The Bolivian Medical College announced that on December 31, the contracts of 3,000 health professionals in the country expired and the critical care, hospitals and convalescent or isolation centers, and surveillance and epidemiological surveillance brigades would be strengthened.

The sector calls for the prompt provision of items and the replacement of sufficient contracts for continuity of health care

“There is a shortage of staff due to a lack of contracts and because specialists are infected, they also suffer from infections. If we continue like this, there will be no health workers to look after the patients. Faced with these problems, the Ministry of Health should offer solutions, not just that there will be injuries, “he said.

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