In Mexico, the time to search for medical care and hospitalization after contracting COVID-19, It is one of the most complicated struggles that the Ministry of Health has fought, since they showed that the shorter the care time, the more opportunities to heal.
Therefore, the General Directorate of Epidemiology It incisively seeks that people arrive earlier to seek care and a clinical evaluation, to decide if this patient requires hospitalization.
Actions or brigades have even been undertaken so that health authorities search for patients to their homes, as it is one of the “determining factors of the possibility of being cured of COVID if there are serious symptoms,” warned Dr. Ruy López Ridaura, CEO of National Center for Disease Control and Preventive Programs.
Ridaura reported that through the National Epidemiological Surveillance System, It was possible to collect data on when the symptoms began and when each of the individuals in the system went to medical attention.
For this reason, they identified that in the entities that have had an average longer time seeking care, have had higher fatality rates.
“There is clear evidence that the shorter the time, the more likely it is that the problem will be resolved,” said the public official.
Currently, the average time in the Republic is 3.6 days during the last week, while at the beginning of the pandemic, approximately in week 14, the average was 4.0 days.
However, the ideal time recommended by Dr. Ruy López Ridaura to seek a diagnosis was just 48 hours after the symptoms began. “For now the numbers show that about 70% of the population is getting closer during the first 48 hours,” he said.
Campeche, Colima, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Quintana Roo They are the states where their attention times have decreased in the last four weeks, but times have come when they have been far above the top.
The states where the average time of care has not changed in recent weeks are Aguascalientes, Baja California, Chiapas, Mexico City, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.
Entities where the times to seek medical attention have been increasing are Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Guanajuato, Nuevo León, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatán and Zacatecas, where they indicated that their average time is around five days.
In this regard, explained Ridaura, there are two major initiatives that are focused on the community attending early for an evaluation in hospitals. The first is the concentration of hospitalization capacities at the national level.
So far, there are a total of 970 units of the IRAG network (Serious Acute Respiratory Infection) that they have registered, although 410 of them have been validated; In addition, there are about 15,653 general care beds and 35,196 validated, as well as 15,003 beds with fan and 5,971 validated, or 4,526 beds in Care Centers (CATs) and 2,090 validated.
“What we have suggested to each of the entities is that they have state plans for hospital capacities in the best hospitals, accompanied by a strategy for mobilizing patients with hospital care, so that capacities can be maintained in fewer beds and be more efficient, ”he explained.
Another of the strategic lines is improve the capacities of health personnel in the care of critical patients or general care in hospitalization.
It has a continuous platform for medical training and daily open microphone sessions, specialist medical brigades, face-to-face training and rotations in third-level institutes, in addition to the Diploma Basic fundamentals of the management of the critical patient COVID-19.
In the latter, themes such as intensive therapy, internal medicine, pediatrics, infection prevention, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, violence prevention, physical therapy, among other.