The national Emergency Operations Committee (COE) will decide this Tuesday, August 9, on the sale to the public and use of rapid tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in Ecuador.
According to the Minister of Health, José Ruales, there is a report from a commission that has been formed with the Agency for Regulation, Control and Sanitary Surveillance (Arcsa) to define the criteria for approval of the tests that can be marketed.
He explained that they must meet two requirements: that they be tests with a health registry, high sensitivity and specificity, that is, that they detect positive cases; and that there is a mechanism by which people can enter the results of the tests to have a vision from the Ministry of Public Health of the people who perform the self-test.
This way you can personally carry out a COVID-19 detection test, which in three weeks would go on sale in Ecuador
On August 2, the national COE asked that State portfolio, in conjunction with Arcsa, to develop the corresponding protocol so that everyone can carry out the rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 (dispensing self-diagnosis test). over-the-counter, for the general public).
Regarding the epidemiological situation, Ruales indicated that in the last week there was no increase in cases nor a decrease, so Ecuador is on a plateau at the national level, although it varies a little between provinces.
The official indicated that there has been no increase in cases of hospitalization or intensive care; in addition, that deaths have not grown in the same proportion as infections.
From 5 to 10 days of medical rest is given for COVID-19, depending on the patient’s discomfort; In IESS hospitals, validation procedures for permits for this disease were doubled.
He pointed out that strategies are being sought so that the entire population receives the booster dose and especially those over 18 years of age, those over 12 years of age and those with some comorbidity, especially those over 50 years of age.
This is because they present higher risks and given that all deaths in the last five weeks have occurred in the last age group with some comorbidity, such as diabetes or hypertension.
In August and September, he added, the inoculation campaign will be reinforced with the participation of public and private entities, as well as the business sector. The goal is to reach more than 10 million people vaccinated with the first booster or third injection.
Regarding the vaccination card, Ruales mentioned that the one with two doses of vaccines was being requested, which was the complete scheme; He also explained that, in the case of those over 25 years of age, there are 90% vaccinated, and those who are missing are people in the rural sector.
In the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections, there will be an intensive vaccination plan in shopping malls, banks and companies, with business support
He recalled that he was presented in non-essential places, such as shopping malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, but not in public institutions, banks or entities such as ministries.
“What we are doing is stopping requesting the card with two doses, and we are going to request, once they are completed – at this moment we have between 40 and 50% of people vaccinated with the three doses –, once we achieve a little more coverage, we are going to propose to the (national) COE to use the card with three doses, that is, with a booster dose,” he said in a radio interview events, this Monday, August 8. (YO)