Health Minister Chubut, Adrián Pizzi, conducted a press conference in Epuyén on Friday in which he stressed that through the Health Committee would establish a "permanent presence there, by the end of the epidemiological Hantavirus, which was limited to this site, and put value that "we have the entire sanitary structure of the country available" to address this situation.
In the dialogue with the media, Mayor Epuyéna, Antonio Reato; Provincial Director of Prevalent Pathology and Epidemiology, Teresa Strella; Head of the Department of Biological Closure of the Malbrán Institute in Buenos Aires, Alexis Edelstein; and the culture secretary of the province, Matías Cutro.
In the first place, addressing the community, Mayor Antonio Reato appreciated the "great escort on behalf of all" that Epuyén received and emphasized that the Provincial Ministry of Health and National Health Agency "are doing and doing everything you can so this ends once forever."
"We need the media (communication) to help us get to the community so we know everything is working. There is nothing to hide," he said.
Afterwards, Health Minister Adrián Pizzi pointed out that the outbreak of the hantavirus in Epuyene "is a unique and remarkable event of atypical behavior for an endemic disease that we know in the province more than 20 years ago, but that is achieved certain characteristics ".
"We have all the available sanitary structure of the country, there are many people working on this issue, who are not even in Epuyén, as scientific societies and hospitals with national references, who give their contributions," he said.
Permanent presence in place
On the other hand, the healthcare provider considers that the "Health Conditions Table" that is made up of technical teams and bodies from the provincial Ministry of Health, the Nation Health Ministry, the Malbrán Institute in Buenos Aires, and the Esquel Health Program Area, including Zon Esquel Hospital, Epuyén Rural Hospital and other rural hospitals of the Andean region, "we will have a permanent presence there, ending the epidemic."
"There is also a mental health team that is mainly addressing the most vulnerable institutions and families," he said, confirming that he had contacted the health minister of Ria Negro and "we already have pediatric intensive therapy at Bariloche if I need it."
In addition, Minister Adrián Pizzi said that hospitals in the Andean region have available resources to procure the necessary supplies, and that due to the wear and tear created by the situation, it is working to allow the replacement of human resources and health personnel. in some sectors.
Likewise, Minister Adrián Pizzi confirmed the postponement of a craft festival that is planned to be held in the city, for psychosocial reasons. "Because the Mental Health team saw the community concerned about this issue, that the community was affected by the losses, and that the municipality was currently halted, we talked with the mayor and supported his decision to postpone the party," he said, adding will be "when there are conditions, celebrate".
For its part, the Provincial Director of Prevalent Pathology and Epidemiology, Teresa Strella, explained that "from reading and analyzing 13 cases of hannitovirus, it was decided to strengthen some lines of action with health teams in order to avoid transmission from person to person, minimizing the risk in close contact or among the supporters ".
"We need to be more demanding with those who have been in contact with patients who are positive to the hantavirus and who are under observation until they are rejected," he said, pointing out "some points, such as social isolation, is the continuity of contacts in their homes, the precautionary measures we already know, which are basically environmental ventilation, limitations of home visits, frequent washing of hands, water use and bleaching in house cleaning and limiting the exit from the house ", clarifying that" necessary, they must be worn with the tape in place ".
On the other hand, the head of the Institute for Biological Closure of the Malbrán Institute, Alexis Edelstein, also stated that "this is a remarkable event" in Epuyén, since the one presented "is not a portable mechanism of the normally known hantavirus." And, in that sense, we have to do epidemiological case analysis to modify the way to solve this problem. "
"Health systems have fulfilled the circumstances and worked the way they are doing," Edelstein said, explaining that "selective isolation of measures to prevent potential risk," since "low portability and community is not at all exposed".