In section Antioquia has at least 19 hospitals that have had to close their outpatient services, and others that have exceeded 100% occupancy in emergency rooms, all of which derive from the acceleration of Covid-19 cases, due to the Omicron variant.
In this situation, the government of Antioquia has warned that it is not appropriate to go to hospitals and that is why it has suggested not to come so as not to cause overcrowding. but nevertheless, Supervision of vaccination has another position and it is proposed to establish emergency hospitals.
in a ICU bed occupancy in Antioquia is 89.34%, maintaining a stable and even slightly bearish trend this week. Currently there 957 beds are available for the intensive care unit Another 150 will be activated next week.
Spokesperson Abdoulaye Matthews Herrera stated that if someone needs medical help or simply feels a safer consultation in hospital, they cannot be denied this possibility or called upon not to. Instead, for Expand care capacity, emergency hospitals should be established to relieve overcrowding in services at the top.
“The most appropriate thing is not to ask citizens not to attend, but, on the contrary, if someone considers a medical evaluation necessary, all necessary means should be made available that can ensure care outside hospital institutions. The strategy of emergency hospitals can focus on the need to mitigate congestion in emergency networks.
In addition, in a list of 15 actions to counter this fourth peak, I requested the activation of air-conditioned headquarters or spaces such as emergency hospitals, such as Alternative emergency care sites in response to saturation of the emergency hospital network“The procedure that can be carried out in the month of January and if necessary for the month of February.”
Many outpatient medical consultations or the demand for emergency services, and 70% of this total, are due to illnesses other than Covid-19, or due to respiratory or other illnesses.
Colombia is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections and daily cases continue to increase, largely due to the omicron variant and its high transmissibility. This is why some People who have symptoms do not know what to do in these casesand they wonder, Should I attend health services or not?
The Director of Epidemiology and Demography at the Ministry of Health, Julian Fernandez Nino, announced, In what cases should people attend health services themselves, so that only cases that require immediate medical attention can be treated as soon as possible.
For the Ministry of Health, it is very important that all people who show symptoms be clear at what time they should personally go to the health services, as: “This acceleration of infection is also a challenge to the health system.”
“Let’s remember to attend health services, only if we have warning signs like, Respiratory distress, high fever that does not subside, excessive vomiting or, in general, any change in the state of consciousness. “Any warning sign indicates the need to see a doctor in person,” said Julian Fernandez.