Health Minister Chubut Adrian Pizzy held a press conference in Epueen on Friday, where he stressed that through the established Health Emergency Committee "we will have a permanent presence in this place until the end of the outbreak of the" epidemiological hantavirus "that is limited to this area , and attaches importance to the fact that "we have the entire sanitary structure of the country available" to cope with this situation.
In a dialogue with the media, the Mayor of Epiène Antonio Reato; Teresa Strella, provincial director of common pathologies and epidemiology; Alexis Edelstein, Head of the Biological Localization Department of the Malebrun Institute of the City of Buenos Aires; and the Minister of Culture of the Province, Mathias Cutro.
First of all, addressing the community, Mayor Antonio Reato praised the “excellent escorts on behalf of all” that Epuien gets, and stressed that the provincial health ministry and national health agencies work and do everything you can so that it ends forever and ever. "
“We need media (communications) to help us reach the community, so that we know that everything is being done. Nothing to hide, "he said.
After that, the Minister of Health, Adrian Pizzi, noted that the outbreak of hantavirus in Epyuene is “a unique and unusual event that has atypical behavior for a disease that is endemic, which we know in the province more than 20 years ago. years, but it acquired special characteristics. "
“We have the entire sanitary structure of the country, there are many people working on this issue, which are not even in Epien, as scientific societies and hospitals of national importance, which make a contribution,” he said.
Permanent presence on site
In turn, the owner of the medical services portfolio believed that “from the established Health Contingency Table”, which includes technical groups and authorities of the provincial health ministry, the Nation’s health ministry, the Buenos Aires Malbranian Institute and the Esquel Health Program Area, including the Esquel Zone Hospital, Epuyén Rural Hospital and other rural hospitals in the Andean region, "we will have a permanent presence in this place until we put an end to flash. "
“There is also a mental health team that mainly deals with the most affected institutions and families,” he said, confirming that he had contacted the Minister of Health of Rio Negro, and “we already have intensive care pediatric Bariloche in case ".
In addition, Minister Adrian Pizzi said that hospitals in the Andean region have the resources to acquire the necessary materials, and that due to the deterioration caused by the situation, work is underway to replace human resources and medical staff. in some sectors.
In the same way, Minister Adrian Pizzi confirmed the transfer of the festival of artisans, which was planned to be held in the city, for psycho-social reasons. “Since the mental health team saw that the community was concerned about this problem, that it was a community affected by its loss, and that the municipality stopped for a moment, we talked to the mayor and supported his decision to postpone the party,” he said, adding “when there will be conditions, it will be celebrated. "
For her part, Theresa Strella, Director of the Provincial Service for Common Pathologies and Epidemiology, explained that “from reading and analyzing 13 confirmed cases of Hantavirus, it was decided to strengthen some actions with the health teams to avoid human-to-human transmission, minimizing the risk that intimate contact or between roommates. "
“We need to be more demanding of those who have been in contact with patients who have tested positive for hantavirus and are being monitored until they are discarded,” he said, and pointed to “some points such as social isolation, that is, the persistence of contacts in their homes with control and prevention measures that we already know, which mainly include ventilation of the environment, restriction of visits at home, frequent hand washing, use of water and bleach in cleaning the house and restricting exits from houses, "explaining that" if they are necessary, they must be made with a chin strap installed. "
On the other hand, Alexis Edelstein, the head of the biological localization department of the Malbran Institute, also stated that “this is an extraordinary event” in Epien, since the presented “is not a transmission mechanism of a commonly known hantavirus”. “And in this sense,“ we need to conduct an epidemiological analysis of the cases in order to change the way we deal with this outbreak. ”
“The health systems fit the circumstances and worked the way they should work,” said Edelstein, explaining that “selective isolation is a measure to prevent potential risk,” because “transmission capacity is low and the community is not exposed at all.”