Peruvian Health Workers Begin Vaccination With Covid-19

2021-02-10   |   by CusiGO

In the past few weeks, medical staff at Lima hospital have had to turn off the patient’s power and manually ventilate with a bag in their mouth in the event of a lack of oxygen in the mechanical ventilator. “Packaging” – they call it “packaging” – exhausts them when they try to save lives. Peru’s start of vaccination is a respite from this suffocating routine. On Tuesday, more than 3400 health workers began to get the Sinopharm vaccine.

As of Wednesday, covid had killed 1.3 doctors out of every 1000 residents in the country. Overall, the Ministry of health recorded more than 42600 deaths from cowid-19, with more than one million infected, but the death toll may be higher. The national death system reports that there are too many deaths, which will increase the death toll confirmed by cowid to 94615 until earlier this week.

In December last year, after a long-term negotiation between the Peruvian government and Pfizer failed, the country purchased the first 1 million doses of vaccine from China: a 300000 dose of vaccine arrived on the evening of January 7, and the remaining 700000 doses will be received on January 14. The effectiveness of these vaccines is 79%, and Lima has conducted phase III clinical trials with about 12000 volunteers. Peru signed a 20 million dose contract with Pfizer on Monday. Elizabeth astete, the UK chancellor of the exchequer, reported that the first 550000 troops of the US company would arrive between March and April. In addition, they expect to receive 14 million doses of AstraZeneca over the next few months.

Since 31 January, nine regions of the country, including Lima and Kalou, have faced new quarantine as indicators of the epidemic have risen sharply since the end of December. The government of transitional president Francisco sagasti has decided that the restriction will last for two weeks, but on Wednesday, the administration will assess whether the measure is worth extending.

According to the Ipsos Peru survey conducted in January, 48% of Peruvians do not want to be vaccinated, 8 percentage points higher than last month. Of these people, 55 percent said they would not because they did not know all the side effects of immunization. That’s why, as a gesture of confidence, President sagasti was one of the first to receive the first dose of vaccine on Tuesday. “Don’t be afraid of the vaccine. It is the best shield against the disease. A few minutes before receiving television footage at the military hospital in Peru’s capital, he said, “today I’m fearless about beef.”

Yolanda Angulo, a medical and epidemiologist, said the second pandemic in Peru was characterized by “the emergence of new variants that may have clinical significance, such as the British or Manaus Brazilian lineage.”. Health minister pilar Mazetti confirmed that both drugs are circulating throughout the country.

Angulo added another different aspect to the first wave: “the emergence of reinfection cases, which is increasing every day, poses a challenge to medical management, because these people may develop serious diseases or become infected with more infectious variants.”

In addition to biosafety measures, such as physical isolation and the use of lids, the Angulo researchers also noted that “providing adequate resources to health institutions facing the burden of treatment for moderate to severe cases is the real key to the coordination and sustained management of the epidemic.”.

At two hospitals in Lima where immunization began, some health workers told the country that they would rather be vaccinated with Pfizer’s dose because they said Pfizer was more effective than Sinopharm and they did not know whether they would be protected by the new variant. However, they agreed that vaccines are tools to fight the virus. “People are very excited: most of us want to get vaccinated,” said a resident at Rebagliati hospital.

Luisa Zamudio, a neonatal nurse in the intensive care unit of San Bartolome maternal and child hospital in Lima, told this newspaper a few minutes after the vaccination that although the use of the vaccine is limited, it is “a glimmer of hope”. When she took a picture with her colleagues, showing her vaccination certificate, she added: “the most important thing now is compassion. We are not a country like Europe, our resources are limited, but the Peruvian people are still United.”

On Wednesday, hundreds of front-line workers from Rebagliati hospital and two workers on May 2 lined up for several hours to get vaccinated, but they didn’t get vaccinated because they didn’t appear on the register, A doctor at DOS Mayo hospital said there was a lack of oxygen two weeks ago, and since Monday, the patient has been unable to be admitted due to insufficient oxygen supply.