The calculation is simple and only serves as an estimate. ANDn the Government of Mendoza make accounts based on a national projection that speaks of a total of 200 thousand infected in the country and from there they deduce that by population percentage in the province, around 8 thousand cases should be expected. For this reason, the health system has been preparing for the number of consultations for days, and strategies such as rotating medical plans, retraining of specialties and even expediting the enrollment of newly received professionals have been outlined.
“There are mathematical equations that are talking about the number of cases that we could have. There is talk of 200 thousand throughout the country and we understand that it is an encouraging number in the sense that Mendoza represents 4% of the population“assured the undersecretary of Health Oscar Sagas in MDZ Radio. In that sense, I added that Of these 8 thousand cases, 80% should go through the disease with mild symptoms, 20% with hospitalization and only 2.5% would go to intensive care.
“It is a mathematical number that we have prepared in Mendoza based on data that has been reported from Nacin regarding viral circulation in the province of Buenos Aires and CABA. This allows us to know where we are standing compared to other provinces.“In this sense, he stressed the importance of compulsory social isolation to flatten the transmission curve and allow the health system to respond without collapsing as it happened in countries like Italy and Spain.
But at the same time, anda Emergency strategies have begun to be outlined in the health system to avoid collapses and reinforce human resources. For example, in the last few weeks physicians from other specialties were asked to train in respiratory issues and prepare to attend to guards and doctor’s offices that type of affections.
“We are talking about Health professionals who are doctors. Beyond the specialty, they can be trained to attend to these types of situations in a guard or in an office and to know if the patient who consults has coronavirus or not.“, Sagas emphasized in Sonra, we are filming it. The idea is that an early identification based on the symptoms be made and thus be able to refer those patients to a special space different from that of general pathologies.
But one of the biggest concerns, based on what has been observed in other countries, is the contagion of health professionals. “The human resource in these situations is very valuable, you have to take care of it because you can also get sick,” Sagas admitted, saying that with that objective a rotating scheme was established every 14 days.
Basically it consists of having a regular medical team and a reserve one. In principle, team A must work 14 days in a row and then give way to team B. However, if a doctor from team A has symptoms, they all go into quarantine and team B takes their place.
“The rotation of personnel in health facilities every 14 days is a strategy to protect personnel from interpersonal contagion. The contagion occurs mainly by sharing spaces rather than by contact with the infected patient. That is why it is recommended to have a team B in case someone from team A is infected and they have to be quarantined“The Mendoza official explained.” The WHO recommends it to optimize physical space and human resources, “he added.
Anyway, the minister Ana Mara Nadal is in charge of the health plan and they prepare for all the scenarios that may arise. In this sense, Sagas affirmed that They are speeding up the registration procedures for around 70 doctors received but who still do not have the papers ready to start working.
“In the framework of the health emergency, work is under way to enroll these graduates. We will make provisional registrations while the emergency lasts “I wielded. Even clarify that the same is done with other professionals such as nurses, kinesiologists and different branches that are also required to perform services. “There is a medical university that has applied for the procedure. But not only medical, but also other professionals. The way to go is to request that enrollment through the academic secretariat of each university,” he reported.
“It is proven that compulsory isolation has come in handy. This reduces the probability of local virus circulation and so far all cases are imported. The longer we delay this, the better response we can give later, “he concluded.