The epidemiological scenario that Latin America is exposed to today is worrying, as the Pan American Health Organization has recently said.
For our country, the high levels of immigration in recent years that have been added to the increasing trend of antiviral drugs and their spread through social networks have led to new outbreaks of disease that were removed from the national health card as this is the case for Measles, which in less than a month already has seven cases imported to our country and nearly 17,000 so far this year in Latin America.
This is not due to insufficient hygiene, poverty or lack of access to health as in the past. Although it seems counterproductive, today's high level of development, an exponential increase abroad, and important advances in science and technology mean that we are faced with the proliferation of pathologies that have been left behind.
To address this situation, it is important to strengthen the protection mechanisms, consider disinformation and educate society about the benefits of vaccination, saving 5 lives every minute in the world, according to the World Health Organization. health.
I am convinced that to the extent that we can not block the onset or occurrence of contagious diseases in the population through effective prevention mechanisms such as immunization, we will move away from the development we strive for as a country. The call should not forget the high infant mortality rate and teach the lesson to be responsible for building a future of health, well-being and quality of life.
Dra. Paula Guzmán Merino
Member of the Editorial Committee of the Chilean Society for Pediatricians
Chief Medical Service of Clinical Pediatrics Universidad de los Andes