Sunday, February 5, 2023

In Barranquilla, the health sector prepares for the carnival season

In Barranquilla, the health sector prepares for the carnival season

The District, through the Ministry of Health, will activate the alert system and contingency plan for the entire Carnival 2023 season, starting from the morning of this January 21, through all weekends until Tuesday, January 22. After the February traditional ‘Joselito’ parade, to guarantee the adequate provision of services and to adopt the necessary measures for emergency situations that may arise.

Through Resolution No. 003 of 2023, hospital emergency plans in public and private networks that provide health care at the hospital level, clinics, posts and health centers and institutions that provide patient transfer service remain active, which guarantees immediate Have adequate and timely response to emergency or risk situations.

All members of the general system of social security in health are reminded that the total number of services provided by each institution must be guaranteed during the specified time. In addition, contingency plans must be implemented and activated by members of the city’s hospital network of providers. The Barranquilla Health Secretariat will take the relevant follow-up action.

Institutions should maintain permanent communication with the Regulating Center for Urgency and Emergencies (CRUE) to report all relevant situations as long as the hospital alert is in place.

The district secretary of health said, “We have socialized instructions and guidelines to the network of hospitals and public and private clinics in the city on preventive and corrective actions related to contingencies that may occur in the pre-Carnival and carnival season.” Humberto Mendoza Charis.

“In any case, self-care will be the most important thing. Avoid overdoing it. Other diseases that occur after festivals and fairs include monkeypox, sexually transmitted infections, respiratory diseases, skin diseases, food poisoning, etc. Preparedness, inventory and availability of the Barranquilla health care network is ready when needed. Carnival of Barranquilla 2023, live as it is, with health and responsibility!”, said the official.

Activities included in this care and prevention plan include:

  • health promotion activities focused on pregnancy prevention activities, sexually transmitted infections—STIs—and HIV/AIDS, monkeypox; Distribution of condoms and educational information at various parades and scheduled events.
  • Inspection, monitoring and control of the production and marketing of food products, beverages and alcohol. Buy food and drink from trusted sites, checking labels, expiration dates and current health registrations.

The human team of professionals and experts that is part of this deployment is made up of more than 100 people, including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health technicians and logistics personnel as appropriate to attend to potential incidents.


1. Avoid using foam before and during carnival, these ingredients cause skin injury and eye irritation.
2. It is recommended that pregnant women do not attend large gatherings.
3. Avoid carrying children in your arms and very old adults.
4. Try to be in a safe place before any public disturbance.
5. Upon arrival, identify evacuation sites, hospitals, ambulances, and other health care points.
6. Follow the suggestions of the officials.
7. Wear a mask or stay home if you have flu symptoms.
8. Buy food and drinks from trusted sites, check labels, expiration dates and current health registrations.
9. Wear appropriate clothes for the occasion.
10. Avoid keeping yourself in the sun for a long time.
11. Stay hydrated.
12. Don’t stop taking your medicines.

Barranquilla’s mayor’s office through the Emergency Regulatory Center—CRUE—has line 195 for citizen service.

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