Chubut's Health Minister, Adrián Pizzi, led a press conference in Epuyén on Friday where he stressed that through the Health Contingency Committee formed "we will have a permanent presence in that place, until the end of the outbreak" of the epidemiology of Hantavirus, which is limited to this region, and give the value that "we have all the state sanitation structures available" to handle this situation.
In dialogue with the media, Mayor of Epuyén, Antonio Reato; provincial director for Prevalent Pathologies and Epidemiology, Teresa Strella; head of the Biological Detention Unit of the Malbrán Institute in the city of Buenos Aires, Alexis Edelstein; and provincial Culture secretary, Matías Cutro.
First of all, and speaking to the community, Mayor Antonio Reato appreciated the "great assistance on behalf of everyone" that Epuyén received, and stressed that the provincial Ministry of Health and national health institutions "work and do everything you can so that this is complete and for all. "
"We need media (communication) to help us reach people so we know that everything is being done. Nothing is hidden," he said.
After that, the Minister of Health, Adrián Pizzi, showed that the outbreak of hantavirus in Epuyén was "a unique and extraordinary event, from unusual behavior, to an endemic disease, which we know in this province more than 20 years ago. but it has acquired special characteristics ".
"We have all the state sanitation structures available, there are many people who deal with this problem, which not even in Epuyén, as a scientific community and national referral hospital, which contributes," he said.
Permanent presence in that place
In turn, holders of the health portfolio state that "from the Health Contingency Tables that have been formed", and which consist of technical teams and authorities from the provincial Health Department, the Ministry of Health Nation, the Malbrán Buenos Aires Institute and the Programatic Areas of Esquel Health, including the Zonal Hospital Esquel, Epuyén Rural Hospital and other rural hospitals in the Andean region, "we will have a permanent presence in that place, until the end of the plague."
"There is also a Mental Health team that mainly handles institutions and families that are most affected," he said, confirming that he contacted Health Minister Río Negro and "we have provided Bariloche Children's Intensive Therapy in case of need."
In addition, Minister Adrián Pizzi said that hospitals in the Andean region have the resources available to obtain the supplies they need and that, due to the wear and tear caused by the situation, work is being done to enable the replacement of human resources and health workers. in several sectors.
Likewise, Minister Adrián Pizzi confirmed the delay in the planned Artists Festival in the city, for psychosocial reasons. "Because the Mental Health team has seen that the community is concerned about this problem, that it is a community affected by losses, and that the City was paused, we have talked with the Mayor and we have supported his decision to postpone the party," he said, adding "when conditions there, it will be celebrated. "
For its part, the provincial director of Prevalent Pathology and Epidemiology, Teresa Strella, explained that "from the readings and analyzes carried out on 13 confirmed cases for hantavirus, it was decided to strengthen several lines of action with health teams, to avoid transmission from person to people, minimize the risk in close contact or between people who live together ".
"We have a need to be more demanding with those who have contacted patients who tested positive for hantavirus and who were being observed, until they were discarded," he said, and showed "several points, such as social isolation, that is, permanent contact in their homes, with the control and prevention measures that we already know, which are basically environmental ventilation, restrictions on home visits, frequent hand washing, use of water and bleach in house cleaning and restrictions on exits ", clarifying that" if necessary, they must be done with chinstrap in place ".
On the other hand, the head of the Malbrán Institute's Biological Detention Unit, Alexis Edelstein, also stated that "this is an extraordinary event" in Epuyén, because what is presented "is not the commonly known transmission mechanism of hantavirus." And, in that sense, "we need make epidemiological analysis of cases to modify how to deal with this outbreak ".
"Health systems have lived according to circumstances and have worked as they have to operate," said Edelstein, explaining that "selective isolation is a measure to prevent potential risks," because "transmissibility is low and the community is generally not exposed."