Jimaguayú: Cuban community that closed borders to Covid-19 (+Fotos)Publicado: agosto 27, 2020
Text and photos: Lázaro David Najarro Pujol
Camagüey, Cuba, Aug 27.- Due to a joint effort from primary health care and to hospital centers, Jimaguayú -a rural livestock and agricultural territory located east of the city of Camagüey- is one of the Cuban municipalities that closed borders to COVID-19 by not registering positive patients for the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
So far this year, that community maintains the maternal-infant mortality rate at zero; Furthermore, during the past year, there was no transmission of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which causes dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya.
Founded on July 26, 1976, Jimaguayú has a population of more than 20 thousand inhabitants, whose inhabitants are also protagonists in the confrontation with the new coronavirus, treating more than 400 suspected patients and contacts of possible infected.
The young doctor Rocío Argilagos Gómez, director of the Municipal Health Directorate in that demarcation, pointed out that all the patients in Jimaguayú satisfactorily tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, for which they worked until late at night and at dawn to prevent the deadly disease.
“It gave us a lot of strength and energy to hear the applause of the population in recognition of the performance of doctors, nurses, technicians and health workers in general,” said Argilagos Gómez.
The day of each day began at nine o’clock at night, at the exact time of the applause, with the rapid response teams and the controls of the possible infected. “Despite being a team made up of young people, we knew how to carry out the entire investigation system with the participation of one hundred percent of the health workers and the support of the mass organizations.”
She highlighted the role of formal and informal community leaders and the discipline of the population.
The young doctor added that the territory has communities that are difficult to access, but thanks to the municipality’s health system – with its 22 doctor and nurse offices – the entire population of the 16 rural areas was reached, where the basic healthcare team carried out the permanence during the confrontation with COVID-19.
Dr. Rocío Argilagos Gómez confesses that since she was three years old, her parents already observed her inclination for medicine: the vocation to serve and help especially children. She is currently a specialist in Pediatrics. “Today I have the possibility of not only helping the children who come to me, but also the town of Jimaguayú.”
Excited, Rocío said that “the Revolution gave me the opportunity to become a health specialist because I am the daughter of humble teachers who lived through a previous stage and encouraged me to value what we have now.”
(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)