PAHO affirms that Paraguay is prepared to face the eventual appearance of coronavirus


MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – Paraguay complies with preventive measures and is prepared for the occurrence of possible cases of the new coronavirus in the country, said the representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Luis Roberto Escoto.

“Paraguay is prepared for an eventual entry of the coronavirus. We must remember that this is not the first epidemic of international importance that occurs and that Paraguay must face. We already had Ebola, for example. This implies that there is already experience of preparation, with teams of trained health, “said Escoto, PAHO reported in Paraguay in a statement posted on its website.
Escoto said Paraguay will continue to strengthen surveillance at its international entry points and will focus on people arriving from countries affected by the coronavirus.
In addition, he added that the health system has been prepared to isolate a suspected case and if a coronavirus infection is confirmed to prevent its expansion.

For his part, the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, said that since the appearance of the first cases in China and its expansion into other countries, the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been implemented, especially in the points of entry to the territory and communication to the population.

“The only suspicious case we have is from a person who reported that he was in China on the days of the outbreak,” added the director of Health Surveillance, Guillermo Sequera.

The national authorities also insisted that citizens must continue to fight dengue, eliminate breeding grounds and warn of symptoms of severe dengue to the health system.

The coronavirus, which appeared in the city of Wuhan (southeast) at the end of December has already caused 9,692 cases and 213 deaths in China; Dozens of infected people have also been registered in almost 20 countries.


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