The elderly in Cuba protected against COVID-19

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Havana, Mar 23 (ACN) In Cuba, more than 20 percent of the population is over 60 years old, and because this is one of the groups at risk in the face of COVID-19, nursing homes and other centers for the elderly are preparing to implement protective measures.

The ACN approached the Alfredo Gómez senior care centre, located in Reina and Gervasio, in this capital city, to learn about the protective actions against the spread of the coronavirus in this type of facility.

Mileisy Evans López, director of the center, explained exclusively how the procedures with the patients and the actions in the daily situations in the center are.

Before the first cases were reported in the country, we were already conducting training for workers and the elderly on what was happening in the world, she said.

In the “Alfredo Gómez” there are 62 elderly inmates and 15 semi-inmates, the latter go to the facility as if they were in a grandparents’ house: they arrive early in the morning, and are picked up in the afternoon by the relatives.

According to Evans, a search was carried out to see which elderly person had respiratory symptoms, and currently a daily survey is being conducted to verify that none have them. So far, no cases of suspicion have been reported.

He added that if the situation occurs, they have an isolation room for the one who is internal, and if it is of the other modality, it would be reported to the health area for the follow-up.

At the entrance, everyone who arrives must wash their hands with chlorinated water, whether they are workers or grandparents, and visits are suspended for the time being.

Alfonso Borroto, an elderly resident of the center, commented one by one on the measures that have been explained to him and pointed out that at lunchtime the pantristas use nasobucos, as well as being placed at a certain distance in the socialization area.

Here we do what has been established at the national level, and our families see the measures taken with pleasure because they guarantee our protection, added Borroto.

Nearly 20 percent of the Cuban population is over 60, an age group considered at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national plan for preventing and confronting this disease provides for differentiated attention to the elderly, especially those who live alone or are linked to the institutions of the Ministry of Public Health.

(Taken from ACN)

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