Maintaining epidemiological surveillance in vulnerable groups is the main challenge for the province of Las Tunas in the fight against COVID-19, as it ranks as one of the provinces that report the most positive cases at the moment.
Las Tunas, Cuba.- Dr. Aldo Cortés González, deputy director of the Provincial Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology, and Microbiology, told the Cuban News Agency that the increase in cases is confirmed mainly in infants under two years of age, especially in those who do not reach seven months, as well as in pregnant women.
Although the control of the disease is maintained, infants who have not received their vaccination schedule are the most vulnerable, and therefore, biosecurity measures must be maximized to protect them, the specialist pointed out.
Cortés González explained that surveillance is maintained in the Health System not only for SARS-CoV-2; patients in the intensive care units, or those who constitute outbreaks in institutions and the community are also studied.
Before the increase in respiratory infections in the Las Tunas population, the call is to maintain personal and collective responsibility, with emphasis on infants and the elderly, who depend on the care of other people; and in the case of pregnant women because their immune capacity it is shared between two lives, the doctor stressed.
In Las Tunas, identified among the provinces with a slight increase in positives, contacts of confirmed cases predominate in the provincial capital, and in the northern municipality of Puerto Padre.
Self-responsibility inside and outside the home, compliance with the use of the facemask if you are affected by a cold, or in crowds, isolation within the home, and not going to the workplace, are measures that are almost forgotten by the population; a relaxation that brings the proliferation of the disease.