Quito (Prensa Latina) Pediatrician Domenica Villacís Ponce thanked the training and humanism with which she returned from Cuba, where she studied, and which now provides her with more weapons to help fight the Covid-19 in Ecuador, her native country.
The young galena studied in the largest of the Antilles from 2000 to 2012, first until she graduated as a doctor and then to study two specialties within her profession, for which, she said, she is very grateful.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, Villacís, who works in the neonatology service at the same hospital where she was born, in Guayaquil, the city in Ecuador most affected by the pandemic, said that the experience lived in the health crisis has been very hard, but what she has learned in the Caribbean country, without a doubt, has served her well.
Although she was not on the front line of the pandemic, she said it has been her job to work with newborns of infected mothers, who had to be delivered earlier to save both their lives.
In this regard, she recalled that in Guayaquil, the incidence of the new strain of coronavirus behaved differently than in the rest of the country, since there was a considerable increase in cases, an over-saturation of the health system and little knowledge of how to treat the disease.
It was something that caught us off guard. Most of the medical attention when the first cases and symptoms began, I didn’t have all the means of protection, nor did I have all the tools necessary to deal with the disease,’ he warned and recalled how the months of March and April were terrible and the deaths reached previously unrecorded figures.
Being one of the patients recovered from the new strain of coronavirus, which she contracted in the hospital, like many of her colleagues, she confesses that she still lives with the uncertainty of not knowing if she can be re-infected.
Summing up the more than three months of fighting the respiratory disease that has caused 3,720 deaths, according to official figures, he says this situation has changed everyone’s life.
And again, Cuba appears in his reflections by assuring that beyond what he received in the classrooms, his experiences regarding the protocols used in the island territory in epidemics such as H1N1, were very useful.
In that sense, she affirmed that that experience prepared her for any type of event, but above all the human part was relevant, ‘which doesn’t come in books, but which we experience on a daily basis’.
In his opinion, that concern for patients and help to families, in addition to medical care, are the secret of success in health care, in general, and now in the face of the pandemic.
This concern for the human, above and beyond capital and all other economic things, is the key to so many achievements, even with the pandemic, which has not been as widespread as it was in our country and the whole world,’ he said.
In this regard, he stressed the benefits of that interest in the human factor, which in Cuba should be highly recognized, taking into account how it has faced, for 60 years, a tight economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States, which has led the country to face many obstacles and difficulties.
The fact that they have come out ahead in this health crisis is an incentive to have confidence that the disease can be overcome if the necessary measures are carried out,’ he said.
At the same time, he considered that these practices, in his case, allowed him to give encouragement to the relatives of patients, newborns, who despite not being infected with Covid-19, struggle to survive in the midst of a complex health situation.
In a message to the Cuban people, he reiterated his thanks for the medical and human training he had received, and recommended that he not fail to follow the guidelines of the authorities of that Caribbean nation, which he described as correct, while calling for not being confident, despite the achievements.
They always count on us and we are eternally grateful to our teachers, friends, colleagues and the Cuban people,” he said at the end of the interview.