A nurse at the Sancti Spíritus Pediatric Hospital dies of dengue

A nurse at the José Martí Pérez Pediatric Hospital, in Sancti Spiritus, died as a result of complications from denguecolleagues of the deceased announced this Thursday.

“Carmen Ana, we are so sorry for your departure. Today, the pediatrician is in mourning, feeling that he leaves us with a huge void.”clinical lab graduate Mercedes Valdes Parada said in a Facebook post.

The deceased nurse, whose last names are not known, was loved and respected in her environment because, according to Valdes, she was “an exceptional companion, a good person, noble and very professional.”

The page of the local radio station Radio Vitral also covered the sad news and shared the laboratory technician’s post. CyberCuba has contacted several relatives of the deceased but has not received a response as of this writing.

Mercedes Valdes on Facebook

Dozens of people offered their condolences in the comments and expressed regret for the passing of Carmen Ana, who they said had worked for several years in the children’s hospital’s surgery room.

“There are no words to describe the shock I felt at the loss of such a valuable colleague. He was a special human being.”said a health worker, and another of her colleagues expressed solidarity with the relatives of the deceased.

“EPD. My deepest condolences to the family and friends, incredibly sad news, I seem to see it in the children’s surgery,’ he lamented.

Facebook Capture / Mercedes Valdés Parada

Netizens, including health professionals, confirmed the cause of death and lamented the scourge of the arbovirus in the country. “The devastation that dengue causes is terrible. And unfortunately it seems to have raged against the ladies, just a few days ago another lady from Cabaiguán had died. Very sad. EPD,” a netizen said.

Capturing Facebook / Sancti Spíritus through the stained glass window

Although he did not elaborate, he probably meant the nurse Nelly Sanchez Espinosaa worker at the Cabaiguán maternity home, in Sancti Spiritus, who died on September 15 as a result of dengue, according to colleagues and relatives at the time.

One user commented that the dengue deaths and illnesses were unnecessary and she pointed out that they were due to the lack of hygiene and fumigation to kill the mosquitoes.

“Today there are very few countries where people die from dengue, and Cuba is a hotbed of lack of respect and conscience for its people”he added.

Added to the above is the lack of updated information from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), state media and local authorities on the number of dengue cases and deaths in the country, as well as the low availability of reagents for timely diagnosis and resources to deal with the epidemic.

These factors lead to low risk perception among the population, to the spread of the dengue vector (Aedes aegypti mosquito) and to the development of severe forms of the disease.

Despite the official secrecy, reports and complaints on social media indicate that at least 17 Cubans, including minors and health personnel, have died from dengue since July.

In the end of September, the death of two girls in Guise, Granma province, for which the relevant medical assistance arrived late. Also in the municipality of Holgin in Mayari an 18-year-old girl died for the same reason.

Days before, in a meeting with MINSAP authorities, experts and scientists, the Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda, confirmed the transmission of the virus in all provincesas well as the increase in deworming and suspected cases.

On August 23, Deputy Minister of Public Health Carilda Peña reported that active cases then stood at 11,634. The figure, corresponding to those diagnosed in one week, nearly quadrupled the 3,306 cases in the first six months of 2022.

Based on the statistics and trends of the disease, the authorities announced that a wave of dengue is expected in October and November, aggravated by the lack of an effective response to the epidemiological situation.

Concern about the increase in dengue cases in Cuba has crossed national borders and the island is currently listed as a high health risk area. Countries like Spain, France, Italy and Canada imported alligator cases have already been reported, while authorities in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom are warning their citizens of the risk of traveling there.

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