translated from Spanish: One year after the first positive case of COVID-19 in Michoacán, 55 thousand 782 confirmed

Morelia, Michoacán.- A year ago the first positive case of COVID-19 was recorded in Michoacán, to date, 55 thousand 786 people have had a confirmed diagnosis to the disease, of the 130 thousand 809 patients studied.
The Michoacán Ministry of Health (SSM) has worked cross-sectorally and multidisciplinaryly with all three levels of government to contain the epidemic and care for the sick, of whom 4,810 have lost their lives, mainly adults over the age of 60, diabetic, hypertensive and obese.
For timely detection, mobile sampling units were currently deployed at the outset, currently operating 364 Respiratory Disease Modules in equal numbers of Health Centers where outpatient care is provided at the first level of care; the SSM’s 27 hospitals also have MER areas.
Beds for the care of Serious Acute Respiratory Infections (IRAG) were converted in 25 hospitals, where patients with COVID-19 are treated, with the General Hospital “Dr. Miguel Silva” being the reference for the state, whose installed capacity was expanded because, after years of abandonment, it migrated to a new and modern building fully equipped.
In addition, the staff of the Regulatory Center for Medical Emergencies (CRUM) remains with units available for the transfer of patients who require it in the 113 municipalities.
Using information and communication technologies, virus behavior is monitored from the Health Intelligence Center (CIS), where a series of online trainings were also implemented and positive patient care is provided through the My Health app.
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In addition, it also began with the care of children’s cancer patients by video call so that they can remain sheltered in their homes and not be exposed to the virus.
In addition, the Guardians of Health programme was implemented, through which an army of men and women travel through the most populous municipalities to verify that essential and non-essential establishments comply with health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Through digital, print, radio, television, social and spectacular media, a massive and permanent information campaign was deployed so that each person knows how to take care of themselves so as not to be infected; In addition, flyers and related information posters have been distributed in the 113 municipalities of the entity.
It was enabled on 800-123-2890 with 11 lines to resolve all your medical doubts by staff of the Regulated Medical Emergency Center who also provide psychological care as part of the We Listen to You mental health strategy; microsite was created, where the population can consult all the information related to the disease.
The SSM recognizes and thanks each and every health professional who has remained in the fight in the daily battle against COVID-19, while honoring the memory of those who lost their lives.
With the immunization of operational staff and the application of the first doses to adults over 60 years of age in 31 municipalities, the SSM continues to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for the health of michoacans.
In this context, it urges the population not to let their guard down and maintain preventive measures such as the use of mouth covers, healthy distance and constant hand washing.

Original source in Spanish

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