The Ministry of Health (Mensa) in Nicaragua has reported a slight increase in positive infections for covid-19 for a period of three weeks, and this increase coincides with the spread of crowds and a decrease in prevention measures before returning to the “new normal”.
According to the numbers of Minsa, which has historically experienced a significant decrease in reporting, from May 10 to 31 there was an increase of 22%, which occurs after two consecutive months the infection curve was declining after a small outbreak at the beginning of the year for the omicron variant.
Doctors from public and private hospitals agree that in some areas of the country more respiratory cases that could be linked to covid-19 are being reported, but they do not have an official diagnosis due to a lack of PCR tests.
A source close to the German Nicaragua Hospital (HAN) captured him trusted That they have 18 serious cases of COVID-19 and that these three are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It also indicates that it is present in health centers where there has been a greater demand for medical care for respiratory diseases.
“They classify them as winter pneumonia. No one was surveyed, only the (health) workers and their families, only the residents’ blood tests,” the source said.
According to the Epidemiological Bulletin report, this year, the National Center for Diagnostics and Reference (CNDR), the only institution authorized to conduct covid-19 tests in the country, conducted 43,453 tests out of a total of 196,380 tests performed in more than two years.
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At Vivian Bellas Hospital, which provides special care, the Covid unit reopened two weeks ago. Health sources indicate that it has been closed for four months, but due to the increase in cases, it has reopened.
“Patients were accepted, but a maximum of one or two were accepted, and they are all moderate. The number of emergency services and private clinics is also increasing.”
In Jinotega, sources indicate that three cases of COVID-19 were recorded and one died during the week, which is complicated by the fact that he had other diseases and was elderly. However, there is no increase comparable to that which occurred in other times of the epidemic that had to expand the rooms.
In Madriz’s department, there was an increase in influenza symptoms, body aches and fever associated with the omicron variant. “Residents have already lowered their guard, they are not wearing masks, hand washing is less frequent and almost no one is carrying their alcohol gel,” the sources explained.
Doctors consulted before trusted They suggest that residents continue prevention measures such as hand washing, use of masks in crowded places and social distancing, and they also recommend vaccination.
The Pan American Health Organization reports an overall increase in COVID-19
This week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) indicated a rise in coronavirus cases in Latin America for the sixth consecutive week, which translates to a 10.4% increase in infections and 14% in deaths, which is what happens in Central America. It rises to 21%.
“Our health systems are still recovering from the disruption caused by the pandemic, but are now facing a further increase in Covid-19 cases, along with an increased risk of current public health events such as monkeypox, influenza, viral hepatitis and other respiratory infections,” said PAHO Director Karissa. Etienne, who has asked health authorities to remain alert.
As explained by Dr. Etienne, cases of influenza have been low since the beginning of the epidemic, but they are starting to rise. “The flu virus is spreading again, and not just during the traditional flu season,” he added.
This Wednesday, Costa Rica also reported its first suspected case of monkeypox, or monkeypox, of a Norwegian tourist who entered the country on May 22. The patient was treated in a private hospital and showed mild symptoms of the disease, according to the Costa Rican authorities.
Mensa should train health workers
In Nicaragua, no suspected cases have been reported so far, but Mensa stresses that it has a monitoring system in place for febrile volcanic diseases that will allow cases to be investigated and diagnosed. For his part, the epidemiologist Lionel Arguelo, in an interview with Esta Noch, stressed that the health authorities should train health personnel so that they can identify the disease.
“In the specific case of Nicaragua, although a chickenpox epidemic has not been declared, what I hear from the information that several colleagues have given me is that they see many cases of chickenpox and (doctors) have to figure out how to distinguish it from monkeypox,” he said. Says.
Likewise, he made it clear that he did not believe this would become a pandemic like the COVID-19 outbreak; However, it will depend on the governments’ response to this disease and the political will that they have to run tests to confirm the diagnosis, which was missing in the case of COVID-19.
If governments view this new threat as a political issue, we will be overwhelmed, and it must be seen as a scientific issue that needs to alert, monitor and control the population when cases emerge. If we don’t learn from covid-19, we can head into another pandemic. I hope we don’t have to get into that,” he warns.