April 7, 2017
A Cuban medical brigade has taken care of a total of 2,570 patients, mostly children and adolescents, in four days of work in the northern Peruvian city of Piura and in the shelters of victims of the floods that hit this region.
The head of the brigade of 23 doctors and other professionals, Rolando Piloto, said that the figure was reached yesterday and noted that 33 percent of the patients are children and 1,450, more than half, under the age of 18.
The work of Cuban doctors is carried out primarily in the shelters where thousands of refugees who have lost their homes are now staying in tents due to the flooding. Long lines have formed to receive the medical services.
Piloto said that yesterday the first child was born in a delivery unit under the care of the gynecologist-obstetrician of the brigade, Mercy Boris. The delivery had complications but had a happy ending with the mother and baby who are now in good condition in the Cesamica Maternity Hospital, in the city.
He also highlighted the actions of epidemiological surveillance carried out by the brigade, which has a profile in that specialty, and noted that tests were carried out initially among patients to detect cases of diseases, such as dengue, zika, and chikungunya, because accumulated waters and heat increase their likelihood.
Since yesterday, Piloto said, the refugee tents are visited and everyone’s temperature is taken to detect fever, one of the symptoms of these communicable diseases, and during the day 857 people were detected with that symptom and are now being closely observed.
Also in the previous days, specialists in internal medicine visited a shelter that houses 16 patients with HIV positive, who will be evaluated every week.
Source: Prensa Latina