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Mon, 25 May 2020 14:41 - Updated Mon, 25 May 2020 14:43

Covid-19: Home treatment causes scepticism

Luanda - Minister of Health Sílvia Lutucuta expressed scepticism, last Sunday in Luanda, with the possibility of providing medical care to asymptomatic patients of covid-19 in their homes and reserving hospitals for possible serious cases.

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Covid-19: Health minister sceptic about home treatment, despite professionals' readiness.

Photo: Aurélio Janeiro Sacalei soi

Speaking at the usual press conference to update data from covid-19 in Angola, in the last 24 hours, the official said it was a form of treatment that in the current scenario of the country is "still being analyzed".

"It is not easy to do this, because it involves a lot of highly complex logistics and taking into account the degree of responsibility of the patients and the types of their homes," she said, further clarifying that most patients present themselves asymptomatic.

The spokeswoman for the Multisectoral Commission for Responding to covid-19 denied that there was negligence from medical team or from her Ad-Hoc working group in the fourth and last death that occurred Last Sunday (24th May).

Silvia Lutucuta also said that the deceased was a 43-year-old patient in the same ward with “Case 50” (88 years old, also deceased), with “chronic kidney failure in a terminal state and failure of all vascular accesses, awaiting peritorial analysis”.

Sílvia Lutucuta added that, only on the day of death the diagnosis was known and that the information was not passed on Saturday due to lack of some details.

The minister detailed that due to these cases registered in the private clinic, a sanitary fence was decreed in one of the blocks of the infirmary where these and other patients with other pathologies were hospitalized, as well as health personnel.

"To reiterate here that when it is said that the patient is stable, it means that he/she has not evolved, but that has not worsened either" she answered a journalist's concern.

Country remains without community cases

The Minister of Health dispelled doubts about the possibility of already being in a stage of community contamination, taking into account the uncertainty of the source of the infection of “Case 50”, related to the third death, which involved an elderly man.

Angola has 69 positive cases of covid-19, with four deaths, 18 recoveries, 47 active (clinically stable).

According to the minister, there are 1050 people in institutional quarantine and 462 suspects (direct contacts of positive cases) under medical follow-up.

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