Quito, November 3, 2020
The The Daily News Box (MSP) strengthens first-level care to the indigenous peoples and nationalities of the Amazon, with the delivery of 14 oxygen concentrators to the health facilities of Morona Santiago, Sucumbíos, Zamora Chinchipe, and Pastaza. It includes Wampuik, Wichimi, Miasal, Chito, Huambi, Waisimi, Zumba health centers, Santa Rosa and Puerto del Carmen; Amazonas, Arajuno, Chapintza and Pitirishca, in addition to the Taisha Basic Hospital.
This action is part of the response plan worked together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to face the COVID-19 pandemic, improving the capacity of health centers in sectors inhabited by a greater amount of indigenous population , prioritizing areas that are difficult to access and which are entered by air or river. But, also for respiratory diseases that are not related to the pandemic.
Narcisa Calahorrano, director of first level health care, explained that the teams are at the service of communities with little access to populated centers. “The strategy is that if patients are four or five hours away and have to move by river and wait for a flight, they will receive the first care on site while they arrive at a health facility. For this reason, centers with difficult access were chosen, but also those that have electricity ”, he stressed.
Among them is the Basic Hospital of Taisha, Morona Santiago. Its director, José Cordero, stressed that the arrival of the oxygen concentrator in this area is essential, considering the geographical location of the canton, which will also benefit around 27,000 inhabitants.
In a complementary way, another of the actions is the preparation of first-level personnel so that they are updated on the operation and capacity of the new concentrators. “With this knowledge, professionals put them to use for any situation that warrants the need to apply oxygen,” added Calahorrano.
During the month of October, 145 health professionals from Orellana and Napo were trained. In the coming weeks, it will continue in Sucumbios and Manabí. In the workshops, topics such as epidemiological surveillance, infection control, COVID-19 clinical management, including life support with oxygen and diagnostic tests were updated.
In this way, the MSP guarantees adequate and timely attention to the most vulnerable indigenous populations in the Amazon region.
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