The number of intensive care beds throughout the country rose to 509

Asunción, IP Agency.- The recent acquisition of 36 respirators and 30 incubators brought the total number of beds for the therapy service of the hospitals dependent on the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare to 509.

Of the 509 beds, 335 are for adults, 75 are pediatric and 99 for neonatal emergencies, in order to respond to the demand of the population, said the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni.

“We are with the distribution of equipment, but it is always important to emphasize that it is unintelligent to want to fight in the health system, we have to fight outside the hospitals because there is no health system in the world capable of facing covid-19 from the assistance in high complexity,” he stressed.

Regarding laboratory supplies for the covid-19 test, a batch of 160 thousand is currently in the awarding phase, while 250 thousand are in the supply process. There is currently a 30-day availability, he confirmed during the weekly press conference.

“The new equipment is purchases made by the Ministry of Health, they are received and directed to the required hospitals. For laboratory supplies we have signed contracts that are in the full provision stage, there are others that are for awarding that we will already be signing the contract between today and the beginning of next week. We have a current availability for approximately 30 days, not counting the big calls,” he emphasized.

On the other hand, the head of the health portfolio released data that reveals the epidemiological situation of our country, in comparison to other countries in Latin America, or the most developed ones such as Germany or Norway.

He maintained that all epidemiological data may have some alteration based on sub-registration, but what cannot be modified is the hardest indicator, which is the mortality rate.

In that sense, he mentioned that Paraguay’s mortality rate compared to other countries is low, 2.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

“How can we compare countries with such great asymmetries, for example population asymmetries, with a greater number of inhabitants or more developed, and how can we compare Paraguay with these countries, with what is known as a mortality rate, which is the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants. In Paraguay currently, we have an indicator of 2.3 per 100,000 inhabitants,” he noted.

He indicated that the areas of the country that have 80% of the cases are Alto Paraná, Central and the Capital, which have very similar rates.

“Alto Paraná has a rate that is equivalent to Germany; The Central and Capital areas have a similar rate to Norway. And if we make a comparison averaging Asunción and Central, the rate is close to the country’s average,” he added.

At another time, he spoke about in-person consultations for pregnant women and chronically ill patients, stating that they should be maintained.

“There are certain types of consultations that can be deferred and we are making a proposal, but the maternal and child areas must be maintained as well as chronic diseases, which require constant monitoring to avoid mortality indicators. This third wave of the pandemic has to do with the decompensation of other pathologies, that also has an impact on the health system,” he stressed.

Finally, he explained that the Ministry received the payment from the insurance company Patria, related to the Purchase through exception No. 36 for the acquisition of medical supplies.

“The insurer paid the executed policy, on the one hand, the advance payment through the exception, and on the other, the contract policy of faithful fulfillment of the contract, for a total of 25 billion guaraníes. The advance was around 17 billion guaraníes,” she said.

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2024-04-24 21:58:37

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