September 28, 2012
The rise in reported cases, in the month of September from diarrhea
or respiratory infections in the National Children’s Hospital, rose the
situation to the category of epidemic.
This was stated yesterday by the hospital director, Rodolfo
Hernandez, and he urged to the parents to implement all preventive
measures such as hand washing or use sneeze protocol.
In the hospital there were 49 children, of which 29 required
mechanical ventilation. Last year at this time, only 15 children needed
Meanwhile, emergency service have been saturated. “From 450
emergencies attended per day, 67% are for one of the two conditions,”
Generally, the area of this hospital emergency care on 320 patients per day.
For his part, Fernando Morales, director of the National Hospital of
Geriatrics and Gerontology, noted that daily received 15 patients with
respiratory problems and ten with diarrhea.
However, Morales said that there is no increase in cases compared to
2011, but he said that this is a time of year which recorded more
patients with pneumonia.