The cold and frost season is starting and there are already 414 people over the age of 60 and 72 children under 5 years of age that have died between January and May because of these weather conditions.
According to La República, Minsa (Ministry of Health) published a bulletin that states that there are 9,261 cases of pneumonia that have been reported throughout the country. “The figures have had a slight reduction compared to last year, in which there were 97 deaths and 11,904 cases of pneumonia”, said a source from this institution.
According to the latest report, the most affected regions are Ucayali, Loreto, Puno, Cusco, Lima, Huánuco, Pasco, Callao, and Arequipa.
“In Peru, sentinel surveillance of flu syndrome and severe acute respiratory infection develops. What we see is that although, since the beginning of the low-temperature-season, the trend of pneumonia in children under 5 years is stationary, there is a tendency to increase in older adults”, the source explained.
A few days ago, the head of the Ministry of Health, Silvia Pessah, said that vaccines against pneumococcus and influenza were distributed 100% in the prioritized regions within the Multisectorial Plan for the Prevention of Frosts.
However, for the dean of the Regional Council of Lima of the Medical College of Peru (CMP), Raul Urquizo, not only should priority be given to the delivery of vaccines to hospitals, but there must be more information and education campaigns for the population.
“What good is it that hospitals have vaccines against pneumonia if mothers do not know that they are free and that they should be applied to their children three times in the first year of life,” he said, according to La República.
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