warn that eye surgeries are at risk

The Argentine Cornea, Refractive and Cataract Society expressed its concern about the possibility that the interventions could not continue to be carried out.

The Argentine Cornea, Refractive and Cataract Society (SACRyC) expressed this Monday its Concern about lack of surgical supplies basic and warned about the possibility that this prevent the performance of eye surgeries.

The statement from the medical entity is given in the midst of a complex scenario within the health system due to the scarcity of materials that are imported in specialties such as cardiology, gynecology and general surgery.

“The Argentine Society of Cornea, Refractive and Cataract, as a Scientific Institution of which a large number of surgeons of the specialty are part, and adhering to the opinion of several Scientific Societies of other medical specialties that have expressed themselves, wishes to communicate its concern about the lack of basic surgical supplies and necessary to perform ophthalmological surgeries,” the entity stated.

He also warned that “if the situation worsens, such surgeries may not be performed compromising the health of all our patients”.

Finally, in the text signed by the president, the first vice president and the members of the SACRyC board of directors, the authorities were urged to “adopt the necessary measures to reverse the current situation.”

A serious panorama in cardiology

Last week, the Argentine College of Cardiovascular Surgeons (CACCV) warned about the lack of basic and essential supplies to operate on the heart.

In cardiovascular matters, the 80% of surgical supplies are imported and, for the most part, they come from the United States, the European Union and China. “Its lack is putting the health and lives of patients who require surgery at risk,” they insist from CACCV.

Fernando Cichero, cardiovascular surgeon and former president of the CACCV, expressed in dialogue with Clarion: “If we continue like this, in January or February we could run out of supplies and find ourselves in the dilemma of telling the patient’s relative that we have the medical equipment to operate, but not the necessary supplies”.

Concern over the lack of sufficient stock to meet eventual demand has intensified in the last two months. “In health, the stock must be guaranteed because biology is not an exact science. The patient, at any moment, could face a risky situation”, explains the surgeon.

Another worrying fact: the more than 200 importing companies whisper in a whisper that “They are very close to running out of stock”.

A similar situation is occurring in the pharmaceutical industry, where there would be a shortage of 9% of medicines, according to data from the Union of Pharmacists and Biochemists (SAFYB), when the usual in the Argentine market is a third of that shortage (3 %).

Why are supplies missing? In the last 20 or 30 years, according to graphs from the specialists consulted by Clarion, Argentina lost the internal market for the production of national medical supplies. And since it depends on imports, the exchange rate disparity and inflation complicate access to products.

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