Last Friday, the Ministry of Health in Mexico reported that in the last 24 hours 24,087 new cases of Covid and 31 deaths had been registered, while the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that in the last week in 110 countries, – more than half of the world’s population – there has been an increase in infections of more than 20 percent.
Since the pandemic began, in our country we are talking about more than six million accumulated cases, almost 326,000 deaths, although the number could be more than double according to the mortality rate, and about 170,000 active cases as of Friday. .
Given this scenario, when the highest number of infections is recorded in the last four months, Jorge Alcocer Varela, the highest authority on the matter -Secretary of Health- said on Friday that the application of new measures among the population is not contemplated. , as is the case of the mandatory use of face masks in closed spaces or places with a high concentration of people. That it will be the state governments that decide the mandatory measures if necessary.
What irresponsibility! Faced with the onslaught of a new wave of infections and the risks that it implies, it is the Ministry of Health that must ‘take charge’ and dictate the measures that are necessary to prevent the spread of the disease and not leave the states to take the iniciative. It is a national problem, it is a federal responsibility; it is his direct obligation to the position he represents. With that statement you are evading your commitment. Ah, but it is understandable. Secretary Alcocer made this statement at the airport in Villahermosa, Tabasco, where he went last week to accompany President López Obrador who ‘inaugurated’ – although he has many months left for it to function – the Dos Bocas refinery. Instead of being attentive to the development of the pandemic so that the country can ‘walk’ healthily and assume its responsibilities, he was doing ‘chorcha’ and posing for photos between iron structures of a project -foolishness- that is one of the pillars of the so-called ‘Fourth Transformation’ (?).
Just last week, the director general of the WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, was clear in pointing out that “this pandemic is changing. We’ve made progress, but it’s not over.” And he recalled that as long as 70 percent of the world’s population is not vaccinated, we will not be able to advance in the fight against the pandemic.
While The Lancet magazine -specializing in medical matters- in its latest edition published on the importance of the vaccination process and the preventive measures that continue to be applied in many countries in the world that have saved just over 20 million lives.
On the other hand, last Saturday, Dr. Francisco Moreno Sánchez, National Health Award 2020, made reference on social networks to the statement from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca -one of the producers of vaccines against Covid- that speaks of the authorization of the COFEPRIS for the use of Evusheld -a combination of monoclonal antibodies tixagevimab and ciligavimab- in some emergency cases with people affected by the virus. However, according to Dr. Moreno Sánchez, “what seemed to be excellent news in the fight against Covid19 in Mexico, turns out with the same padlocks for use, the authority decides who does and who does not. It favors the black market and discriminates against private medicine in the country”, since the authorization is only for public government institutions at the federal and state levels that are part of the National Health System.
The incompetence and lack of awareness that we have suffered in Mexico on the part of the health authorities since the beginning of the pandemic, when the emergency measures that science recommended were not taken, and the way in which we see that the authorities react once again to a new threat, only They confirm that our social health is in the hands of irresponsible people.
What do you think?
By Daniel Rodriguez
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