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The worst dengue epidemic in Bolivia adds 14,000 cases


The precariousness of the health system in Santa Cruz, the most affected department, has put the population on alert

Since the end of last year, desperate scenes have been repeated in Bolivian hospitals, where lines of sick children wait for a bed to be vacated.

The worst dengue epidemic in Bolivia already has 14,000 accumulated cases and has exposed the shortcomings of the health system.

The death toll stood at 43, and Santa Cruz, the most affected region, had 10,000 cases.

Despite being one of the most economically developed areas of the country, there is a deficit of intensive care beds, equipment and workers, which has been denounced by the medical personnel themselves.

Faced with the crisis, numerous "mingas" have been launched, community cleaning and fumigation jobs.

On February 23, at one of the peaks of the epidemic, the Government installed a mobile hospital to expand health care.

The epidemic has aggravated the political crisis between the Minister of Health and Luis Fernando Camacho, governor of Santa Cruz, detained in La Paz on charges of participating in planning a coup against Evo Morales in 2019.

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Source: elparis

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