The lack of vaccines and a possible epidemic of influenza A aroused an alarm in the public and the political class due to the inadequate response of Nacina. Crisis in the door and claims in the administration of justice.
The Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation has once again demonstrated problems in the distribution of vaccines included in the national calendar. The controversial request for reports reflected a significant reduction in doses throughout the territory of Argentina. The government's reaction did not convince and revealed the crisis in the health care system.
From the beginning of the administration of Mauricio Macri, various state agencies have been subjected to cuts of objects and organizational schemes, and Health was no exception. In 2018, Change Management transformed the ministry into a secretariat, and with it defined the boundaries of its activities in sensitive areas.
Adjusting the shipment of goods and confirming the decline in the number of vaccines has caused a crisis that worsens over the months.
A group of deputies, all members of the health commission, asked the health authorities for information on reducing the doses sent to the province. The data provided by various provincial portfolios warned against the revealed complaint, and the response of the secretary headed by Dr. Adolfo Rubinstein was devastating today. In this sense, the official consoled himself with the statement that the national vaccination calendar is guaranteed for the entire population and that the data presented by Congress corresponds to "isolated figures".
In addition, Rubinstein explained the changes in the vaccination schedule, indicating that the trivalent oral Sabina was replaced by the divalent oral Sabin (which protects against polio 1 and 3) and the Salk injection vaccine, which is trivalent (providing polio protection after the change). It should be noted that the last two were 83% and 70% respectively in the province of Buenos Aires in 2018. The most disturbing fact about the figures disclosed by Nation shows that only 40% of the coverage was carried out last year with meningococcal vaccine A, Y, CY W135 . And in 2019 only 15 percent in Buenos Aires. In the face of this problem, ministers and officials from various provinces told La Tecla that they must cover the missing dose.
At the same time, the influenza A spirit returned to sow panic in the population. However, despite the increase in the number of cases, they correspond to the average number of winter season, according to the Ministry of Health. The explanations do not convince the legislators. Official data indicates a reduction in mandatory doses, which puts the healthcare system under a magnifying glass and on the verge of collapse.
The Health Committee's hard answer to the Nation explanation
Pablo Yedlin, legislator and member, as the second vice-president of the Commission for Social Action and Public Health, talked with La Tecla about problems related to the distribution of vaccines on the territory of the country. In this regard, he said: "Provincial health officials have warned that vaccines are missing at different times. With whom there were problems with meningococci; this led the Ministry of Health to give priority to the youngest children last year; this year there was not even this range. "
In this poem he added: "There were also deficiencies in the Hantavirus, Triple Viral, Oder and Varicella vaccines. And this has happened all year round. And the vaccines that the provinces asked for in 2018. For their risk groups, sometimes they came well, while others barely covered 70% or less. This may not seem to be significant in percentages, but the dose effectiveness level is given above 90 percent during vaccination.
In the same line, the lawmaker said: "In the face of this situation, we have filed various requests for reports and forwarded them to Chief of Staff Marcos Peña; we even consulted with the intention of transferring the vaccines to the provincial orbit, because according to the new vaccination law, it was established that the ministry of health (now the secretariat) is obliged. "
Referring to the Nation response, he said: "Health Secretary, Luis Rubinstein, replied that there were vaccines from previous years and this never happened. They also argued that the devaluation did not reach the goal of purchasing all vaccines; it would be very bad, because we can not be attached to the devaluation of the peso, and for Argentina it is not a problem if there is a political will. "