Havana, April 7 (ACN) In view of the complex scenario imposed on the country by COVID-19, President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez on Monday afternoon ratified the need for cooperation, discipline and responsibility, both by the population and by all the institutions that are working to confront the pandemic.
In the meeting that he heads every day with the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, and where the context that the largest of the Antilles is living with the new coronavirus is analyzed in detail, the Head of State insisted on the importance that “there is honesty on the part of the population when the investigation is carried out and that they really say the symptoms they have and also the situation in which any person is in the house, so as not to hide the information.
We have the unfortunate cases – the Cuban leader stressed – of some of the patients who have entered serious or critical phases, or even some have died, in which they did not offer the information in a timely manner and, therefore, when the disease was detected it was already an advanced moment, where the procedures and treatments are less effective.
“We are in a fight to save people’s lives and to prevent the spread of the disease,” he said.
As another essential element to be taken into account by all the health institutions and all the management systems that are in each of the territories, he highlighted the principle that “every suspect, every contact, every person with symptoms, should remain in hospital”.
Isolating all those people, who are potentially sick or carriers, is the most effective way we have,” he said, “to control the spread of the disease.
In a scenario in which all the provinces of the country and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud are already reporting confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda said that as of this Sunday, of the total number of patients admitted for care and surveillance of COVID-19, both in hospitals and in the various isolation centers created for contact surveillance, 1,172 are classified as suspects and 321 of the confirmed patients remain in the hospital.
He also explained that 2,770 people, including 56 children and 2,714 adults, are in the 71 isolation centers for travelers in quarantine. He said that so far 57 patients with some respiratory symptoms have been identified and referred to hospitals from these centers.
Commenting on the 1,138 rapid tests performed to diagnose COVID-19 at the end of April 5, he reiterated that PCR is the definitive analysis for confirming or not the disease.
At the meeting, which was also attended by the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, José Ramón Machado Ventura; the vice-president of the Republic, Salvador Valdés Mesa; and the vice-prime minister, Roberto Morales Ojeda, emphasized once again the importance of carrying out increasingly objective and high quality research in the communities.
Following up on the Plan for the Prevention and Control of the new coronavirus in the country, the Minister of Domestic Trade, Betsy Díaz Velázquez, commented on the sector’s work in the face of the new scenario, which has required changing ways of doing things on a daily basis.
Taking into account the call from the country’s top management to promote social isolation and responsible behavior, and the fact that for various reasons there are still long queues of people in different establishments to buy products, the Minister pointed out some of the measures that have begun to be adopted.
In this regard, she detailed decisions such as starting the sale of the regulated toilet module, which is already taking place in all territories, except in Sancti Spíritus which should start this week; ensuring that all cash registers are serviced, with priority for food and toilet and hygiene products; physically separate the sale of meat and hygiene products; limit sales in the large markets and promenade areas and promote the network of shops in the neighborhood; boost e-commerce in virtual shops and home sales; and carry out the restocking of products in the different sales entities at night or outside working hours.
During the meeting, the actions carried out by the Provincial Defense Council of Camagüey were also evaluated. Through the implementation of the measures indicated by the country, stability and vitality has been maintained in the 13 municipal defense councils of the territory.
Other priority tasks to be carried out there, together with the confrontation of the new coronavirus, included family care services, the quality of research and the urgent need to increasingly boost food production.
(Taken from ACN)