In the last 24 hours, more than 36, 000 tests were made, reason why the Uruguayan Medical Union proposed to change the testing criteria in order to prioritize the most vulnerable.
Specialized cientific societies belonging to the Uruguayan Medical Union warned in a plenary session about the overflow in primary care and in hospital emergency rooms due to the influx of symptomatic patients or those suspected of contracting Covid-19.
By means of a statement, they asked health care personnel to work “on the rationalization of testing” in order to “rapidly reach to the the diagnosis of confirmation or exclusion in health care personnel and vulnerable population”.
They also requested “to enable the medical certification by Covid-19 without the need to have a laboratory-confirmed case, when there is a clear epidemiological link” and to give priority to people with chronic diseases who are more likely to decompensate and have to be admitted, or to immunocompromised persons.
Yesterday, the president of the Uruguayan Medical Union, Zaida Arteta, met with the undersecretary of Public Health, Jose Luis Sadtjian, to explain a situation that strains the professional performance in a sector in which 1,778 members are convalescing from the disease.