We deplore the impotence, pain, misery and even mourning, after the chikungunya epidemic, which is surprising the country, after the first case was detected in the last quarter of 2022 and which did not generate immediate rigorous actions that combine the efforts of the whole society in the fight. in mosquito breeding areas.
The number of sequelae, complications, panic attacks and infections is a real disgrace. More than 30,000 cases of chikungunya have been registered in the statistics of the Ministry of Health since October 2022, when the first case was reported.
Asunción and the Central Department were hit the hardest, although in the last report observed by the Directorate of Health it revealed a slight recession, yet there was a certain migration to our interior, in sanitary conditions; we draw, it is hopeless.
The departments of Paraguarí, Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, Cordillera, Amambay, San Pedro and Alto Paraguay are focused on recovery and are the new focus of Health. In the wake of this past season, 33 deaths have been confirmed, in addition to other cases of death in the study possibly due to a disease transmitted by a mosquito.
“There were five dead under one year, four boys, a girl, already 30 years old and older. It is triggered in those who are 70 years and above, mainly in men. There is no one who is subject to all diseases and is healthy. It is a virus that is present in adults or in those who have a risk factor in neonates, very young children, a virus that stopped a diabetic who is not under good control, when chikungunya comes and decompensates that person”, lamented Dr. Guillermus Sequera, from the Health Guard, next Friday.
Joint pain, rheumatological, cardiac, liver problems as well as meningoencephalitis disturb the patients. Late last Saturday, the Health warned that there is no hospitalization in the intensive care of children for the most serious cases of chikungunya, that is to say that the situation is delicate and to strengthen the health care, to consider these cases and the complications of recovery. the number of patients who continue to suffer weeks and even months after the presence of the virus in the body.
Torturers from various fields share common strategies and guidelines through media and social networks, raising awareness of the need for medical care after contracting an illness. However, we know that these resources are not accessible to everyone, due to the cost of treatment and the lack of specialists, whose fees are gold, and who leave the most vulnerable groups out of service.
The Hospital de Clínicas was able to accommodate patients with “neurological or osteoarticular sequelae” for the purpose of rehabilitation, but the number of patients requires further expansion of such services. Common disorders and muscular system pulls after the contract pain that affects the major disease, but the health system is limited.
These days, the union of rheumatology showed that there are only 55 rheumatologists in the whole country and less than half provide services in the public sector, including the Social Health Institute (IPS). They also mentioned that there are 4 rheumatologists in Paraguay to take care of the child population, which shows that we are completely outside the level of health needs.
Neurological and dermatological problems, diagnoses of encephalitis, which can be an inflammation of the brain with serious relationships, are part of the complications that should already be alarming to the political authorities to propose more investment, better health measures to preserve life. to the people
Today, as in every epidemic, we continue to lack decent care for the sick. We still see people with mosquito nets under their arms when they are in more comfortable beds being hospitalized.
Given this situation, it is clear that it is much more discouraging to think about the responses that can be given to people by the sequelae of chikungunya and other diseases. The need to stop a serious, feasible, responsible health policy is threatened, which accounts for the standard services required and which is supported against emerging diseases.