Ajijic Health Center lacks training on how to deal with the Omicron variant
In Jalisco, 16 cases of Omicron have been confirmed, although the University of Guadalajara estimates that there are many more
Doctor in charge of the Health Center, Sandra González, and nurses Irma Ortega and Gloria Cisneros.
Sofia Medeles (Ajijic, Jalisco) – According to the hospital staff, neither the doctors nor the nurses at the Ajijic Health Center (CS) have received specific instructions from the Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ), or municipal superiors, on how to assist in treating the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron.
Dr. Sandra González said that the Jalisco Health Board, which is in charge of issuing protection measures at the state level, usually focuses more on training hospitals where they handle a high incidence of the virus or very serious patients. The health centers take a back seat, having only the power to redirect cases to more suitable facilities.
«Here at the center these last few days have been quiet. We have not received any suspected cases. In my day-to-day work I have noticed many people presenting symptoms that appear to be the new strain, which resembles a cold,» said Dr. Sandra.
She suggested that civilians when faced with any flu, symptoms or suspected case, take the same precautions taken with the Covid-19 virus, since the risk of contagion of this variant is higher and has increased due to the false belief that it could be a common cold. Additionally, the antigen tests are not functional against this strain.
The Omicron variant presents symptoms that a common cold would normally have–runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, sneezing and headache. Unlike other strains, there is no fever, nor loss of taste and smell.
As of Monday, the State Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, confirmed 16 cases of Omicron. However, the University of Guadalajara (UDG) estimates that there are at least 107 confirmed cases and there could be many more.
Translated by Sydney Metrick
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