Quito, May 14, 2021
The Minister of Public Health, Camilo Salinas Ochoa, continues to supervise the effective execution of the Vaccine Plan, for which this Friday, May 14, he was at the Calderón General Teaching Hospital in Quito. This is one of the 156 immunization points arranged nationwide, to which 69,093 doses were distributed for the inoculation of Phase 1 beneficiaries.
In this health home, the health authority witnessed the moments of satisfaction experienced by older adults after receiving their doses and personally thanked the The Daily News Box (MSP) for their efforts. Salinas Ochoa, in some cases where beneficiaries used cloth masks, changed them to KN 95, for greater protection against the SARS-CoV-2 variants that circulate in the country. In addition, he recommended post-vaccination care and continue with biosecurity measures.
Later, the minister met with his counterpart in Education, Montserrat Creamer, and several teachers from different provinces who have already been vaccinated to take stock of the progress of the Vaccine Plan.
In Quito, one of the beneficiaries of the first dose was Marcia López, 65, who was treated at the Centro Bicentenario. “I am calmer, especially because I am going to share with my family in a more secure way. Today I have seen speed in the process. I want to extend my gratitude to all the health personnel, who daily welcome the entire population, ”he stressed.
In the rest of the country, this Friday’s session was carried out according to planning, scheduling and in order. Rosa Benítez, a professor of accounting and auditing at the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana (UPS), in Guayaquil, received her first dose assuring: “immunization is a step to see our students directly in the near future. As teachers, it has been difficult to adapt to a system with electronic devices, especially feeling distant from our students ”, he stated.
Other of those vaccinated were Dimas Quimi, 80 years old and his wife Margarita Montalván, 74, who arrived at the Mucho Lote 1 sector, in the Main Port. “For both of us, it is a joy to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic we were infected with this terrible virus, but thanks to perseverance, discipline and good nutrition, we overcome it. These give us more hope of life, knowing that we will continue to share as a family makes us very happy, “he said.
While in Mira, Carchi province, Edison Calderón, 37, with physical disabilities, was inoculated. “I am grateful that they gave me my first dose, the care was excellent and fast,” he said.
María Jiménez Saavedra, from Loja, also joined those immunized with the first dose, highlighting the good organization. “I hope they all get vaccinated, especially those who have to go to work, to get ahead. There is a glimmer of hope, but we must continue to take care of ourselves, ”he added.
Finally, in Cotopaxi, vaccination also reached the indigenous population, among them Olmedo Unaginga, 68 years old, a native of the Zumbahua parish, who went to the Type B Health Center. «I feel happy and safe, because I suffer from diabetes, heart murmur and lung involvement. The vaccine will protect us and is of benefit to our people, “he said.