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COVID-19 News: ICU Wards Overwhelmed In Colombia As Government Officials Play Down Figures! Situation In Bogota Worsening!

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COVID-19 News: ICU Wards Overwhelmed In Colombia As Government Officials Play Down Figures! Situation In Bogota Worsening!
Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Jan 13, 2024  1 month, 1 week, 1 day, 6 hours, 52 minutes ago
COVID-19 News: As the global battle against COVID-19 continues, the capital city of Colombia, Bogotá, faces a concerning surge in cases, with particular attention given to the emergence of the JN.1 variant. Recent reports reveal an increase in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, raising alarms among medical authorities. This news report delves into the current situation, the challenges faced by the healthcare system, and the recommended measures to curb the spread of the virus.

ICU Admissions Rising Across Colombia.
Rising ICU Admissions and Cases in Bogotá
Bogotá's hospital network is grappling with a surge in COVID-19 cases, evident in the occupancy of 48 ICU beds by adult coronavirus patients according to local COVID-19 News coverages.
Although there is no official alert for ICU bed overoccupancy, medical authorities are closely monitoring the situation. Manuel González, the Undersecretary of Health in Bogotá, emphasizes the observable rise in cases of acute respiratory infections, notably linked to influenza and COVID-19.
However, many are disputing the official figures as reports are emerging that the situation across hospitals in Colombia especially ICU wards are far more worse that what is reported!
Pediatric ICUs Overwhelmed Due To Variety of Respiratory Infections.
The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported that as of January 8, 2024 there is an occupancy of 65.4% of pediatric ICU beds, of these 3.1% are due to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the adult ICU, the occupancy is 67% and of them, 0.52% are due to confirmed or suspected Covid.
Recommendations to Control the Spread
In response to the escalating situation, health officials in Bogotá are urging citizens to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of new variants of COVID-19. While some European countries reinstate face mask mandates, Colombia experts recommend their use in specific situations. Dr  Fabio Varón, a pulmonologist and intensivist, emphasizes the dynamic nature of mask measures, noting their effectiveness during respiratory peaks. Health authorities stress the importance of vaccination, calling for the resumption of vaccination campaigns and the arrival of updated vaccines to mitigate the risk of infections.
Concerns Surrounding Schools and Vaccination Shortages
With school students on the brink of returning to classes, health authorities anticipate a probable increase in COVID-19 cases by February. However, the vaccination landscape in Bogotá raises concerns. The Secretary of Health reveals a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines for both children and adults. The absence of vaccines for children and a limited supply of bivalent ones for adults heighten the urgency for a swift resolution from the Ministry of Health.
Vaccine Shortages - A Critical Challenge
The Ministry of Health's affirmation that there are no vaccines against COVID-19 for children in Bogotá sparks additional worries. The city is also grappling with depleting stocks of vaccines for adults, with only 82,000 bivalent doses available, a number deemed insufficient. Gerson Orlando Bermont, the Secretary of Health in Bogotá, urgently calls on the Ministry to address the situation and provide clarity on the prospects of acquiring more vaccines for both children and adults.
The Call for Booster Vaccines and Public Cooperation
In the face of these challenges, there is a renewed call for booster vaccines against new variants of COVID-19. Health officials stress the safety and efficacy of vaccines, emphasizing their role in saving lives. As Bogotá grapples with a peak in respiratory diseases, the focus intensifies on individuals over 60 years of age or those with specific health conditions, such as pregnant women and those taking immunosuppressive medications.
Bogotá is at a critical juncture in its fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The surge in cases, ICU admissions, and vaccine shortages underscore the challenges faced by the healthcare system. Urgent measures are needed to address the vaccination gaps, ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, and implement strategies to curb the spread of the virus. As the city navigates this complex situation, public cooperation, adherence to recommended guidelines, and a swift response from health authorities are crucial to overcoming the current challenges and securing the well-being of the community.
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