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Chikungunya virus causes 40% absenteeism; including hospitals

SANTO DOMINGO. The public and private health centers face problems due to the rate of absenteeism among their workers caused by the Chikungunya virus which is generally estimated at 40%.

Dr. Edgar Alan Vargas mentioned this number during a workshop on the disease which he offered for the hospital directors of public hospitals in the Greater Santo Domingo region.

He also said that doctors and nurses that are working in the emergency areas appear to be exhausted by the high demand of service to patients with symptoms of Chikungunya.

The directors that participated in the workshop, among them Rafael Rojas from the Padre Billini Hospital, and Victor Calderon from the La Altagracia Maternity Hospital, agreed that since the rate of the epidemic started to increase, some two months ago, the public and private establishments have been affected, not only by the demands of patients but also by the granting of medical excuses for their employees.

Rojas said that presently they have approved 60 medical leaves and that the situation causes problems in the routine performance of work at the hospital.

In the La Altagracia Maternity Hospital, the number of employees on medical leave is more than 80.

In the Rober Reid Cabral Childrens Hospital they have registered more than 70 absentees a,png their personnel. Yesterday there were more than 12 employees, including nurses, lab personnel, doctors and housekeepers carrying the medical leaves of absence because they presented signs of the illness.

Likewise in the Center of Diagnostics and Advanced Medicine and of Medical Conferences and Telemedicine (Cedimat) there are more than 90 workers that have presented symptoms of the fever in the last two months, according to an administrative employee.


During the workshop, Vargas insisted on the need that the medical personnel follow the protocol laid out in the guide for the clinical handling of the infection, in order to avoid confusing the virus with malaria, leptospirosis or dengue which all have similar early signs. He recommended that the patients have hemograms (CBC) and individual tests for each disease, in order to avoid wrong diagnosis and deaths.

Infadomi says it can supply acetaminophen in the DR

The Association of Dominican Pharmaceutical Industries (Infadom) says that they have the capacity to supply all of the acetaminophen that the country needs to deal with the symptoms of the Chikungunya virus. In the meantime, the director of the Program of Essential Medications/Logistical Support Center (Promese/Cal), Elena Fernandez Nuñez, ordered a daily monitoring in the Peoples Pharmacies in order to guarantee the supply of the medication in all of its presentations.

Source: DiarioLibre

Category: DR News |

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