“The situation is very complex. Yesterday, Dr. Lorena Pentevinia said from Villa La Angostura,” It has exceeded the capacity of the internal family. Yesterday they referred 3 patients, with mechanical ventilation, to San Martin de los Andes because they needed to be hospitalized in intensive care. This is the first time that this epidemic has occurred so far due to the new Corona virus.
Pentevinia is temporarily responsible for the management of the Villa La Angostura Hospital. He explained that They support patients with available resources, but “we are extremely concerned that no measures have been taken to reduce blood circulation”. And he warned that if people did not move, “it would get worse”.
The local hospital is Complex IV. And therefore, He does not have an intensive care unit. To cope with the epidemic, hospital bed capacity has been expanded. But Pentevinia said so yesterday All 22 available beds have been taken.
“Context is crucial. Everyone in the hospital is doing their best to try to generate the best support for patients, but the family has limits.”
He said that Currently they only have 3 clinicians to attend to hospitalized Covid patientsIn addition to 8 general doctors and other specialties. They are all available to the vast number of COVID-19 patients who receive them daily in respiratory monitoring.
He said that doctors who work in the private sector are cooperating with monitoring isolated people. Commented on that Due to a lack of human resources, the provincial government has gone out to find clinicians to add to the staff.
The doctor is a pediatrician, but she supports the doctors due to lack of staff.
Commented on that They have 2 masks and special masks to support patients as much as possible. If the tables are complex, then there is no alternative but to differentiate them To San Martín de los Andes Hospital or Chapelco Clinic in that city, which operate as reference centers in the southern part of Neuquén County.
Due to the sharp increase in the demand for oxygen, the hospital supply system is operating at its best. And they are already starting to spot flaws.
He estimated that there were more cases than officially documented Villa La Angostura. They are people who have symptoms compatible with the disease, but who do not go to the hospital.
He stated that this lack of diagnosis was derived from indicators such as the high household occupancy rate, which remained at 100 per cent, and the complexity and severity of cases. Therefore, expect deaths to increase based on what the statistics show.
Official data, issued last night in the report with the health situation, showed the presence of 655 people were injured in the town. The majority admitted to their home. Another group is at the camp factory and at ISSN facilities. And there were some 1,400 people have been isolated because they were in close contact with the sick.
As of December 31, there were only 31 patients in this city who sustained very few injuries for 9 months as a result of the jealous isolation the residents remained in. The permit to allow entry to persons with second accommodation in Villa La Angostura was the first sign that the bar had begun.
Then, with the opening of tourism, starting on December 4, locals lowered their caution and infection began to grow steadily.
As for Pentevinia, there are no measures on the part of the political authorities to limit circulation.
He said Health workers feel that the political authorities are not aware of what is happening in the hospitals From the south of the province. “The staff put everything down, but there are people who are very filling,” he said.
“It is painful to see that, it is very painful, but health has no way to allocate more human resources,” according to his assessment.
For example, he assured that in the entire town there is only one orthopedic surgeon to fulfill all requests from both the public and private sectors.“There are hospital staff who collapse in this context full of pressure, but they continue to work,” he said.
He stated that they had never lived in the face of a pandemic and analyzed that there is no health system in the world ready to face it. And he acknowledged, “Today we have a context in which everything that has been planned is saturated.”
He indicated that they organized the hospital with a respiratory guard and a general guard for unsatisfactory cases.
Estimate it 10 percent of affected patients have comorbidity. He said they had to open the health center in the northern neighborhood to check patients because the respiratory guard was overflowing.
Pentevinia noted that the city has a stable population of about 18,000, which practically doubles in the high summer season.
Therefore, it is concluded that If the authorities decide to proceed with full openness, “they will have to understand that the health system will not be able to respond.”
He regretted: “It is true that tourism in Villa La Angostura is an industry, but they should know that in the health system we can no longer cope.”
As for the slight decrease these days in the number of new positive cases, Pentevenia notes that these data are not relevant. “Last week, we had the largest number of referrals so far regarding the epidemic and the highest severity,” the doctor said.
How is medical care organized
Doctor Hugo Panisi (former mayor) announced yesterday that In the Mothers’ Kindergarten located in the El Mallín neighborhood, all reports of covid-19 cases were received in Villa La Angostura.From here, phone calls are made to clear consultations and coordinate home visits for surveillance.
Respiratory guard works in the hospital Where the smears are done. But since this week The health center in the northern neighborhood joined the test For people with mild symptoms, who have no previous illnesses and are under the age of 50.
He explained that in the event that the person with symptoms compatible with the disease arrives at the respiratory guard of the hospital, the data will be searched, scanned, and entered into the monitoring and monitoring program. I remembered that The hospitalization room contained 4 beds, and due to the epidemic, the number increased to 22. He noted that when the patient gets worse, he is referred to San Martin de los Andes.
In the health centers in the districts of El Mallín and Piedritas, chronic patients with other diseases are being cared for, pregnant women are examined and boys are vaccinated.