Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bodies of Covid-19 victims will be stored in refrigerated containers in State of Mexico

The State of Mexico has 16 units to avoid saturation in Pathology areas To avoid saturation of Pathology areas in Mexican hospitals with corpses of people who died of coronavirus (Covid-19), the State Health Institute Mexico had 16 refrigerated trailers in the same number of hospitals to store the bodies.

In an interview, Víctor Durán Mendieta, deputy director of Epidemiology, explained that the external refrigerating chambers were an immediate decision following the incident of the arrival of relatives at Hospital Las Américas, in Ecatepec, who found their family member’s corpses in bags.

He clarified that each hospital has different capacities; there are some with three containers and others, such as the Nicolás San Juan hospital, in Toluca, which has 12, but they could be insufficient if there was a significant rise in deaths. However, he stressed that so far it has not been necessary to use these containers: “This would already be a very tough scenario, which has not yet occurred.” Durán Mendieta added that the agency rented the units that follow all health protocols, especially to maintain the temperature at zero degrees where the bodies are kept, which can remain from 48 to 72 hours or more, depending on the needs of the people.

Given the saturation in funeral homes and crematoriums, it takes three to five days to hire a service to give final disposal to your family member. Trucks will be operated by personnel from the hospitals to which they were assigned and with them the institute complies with the Guidelines for General and Mass Management of Corpses by SARS-CoV-2, applying sensitivity measures for the conditions that the relatives are going through, who will have to authorize in writing the receipt of the deceased in these units.

“There is no danger of contagion for those who work in the hospital or for people in the surrounding areas where the container is parked, because the bodies are kept in perfect condition, there is no danger of decomposition and they are inside the medical units”, he stressed.

The containers are installed in the general hospitals of Atizapán, Atlacomulco, Axapuxco, Cuautitlán, Ecatepec, Ixtapan de la Sal, Naucalpan, Nezahualcóyotl, Tenancingo, Texcoco, Toluca, Valle de Bravo, Valle de Chalco and the Adolfo López Medical Center Mateos, located in the Mexican capital. Although in some cases there is no saturation of patients by Covid-19, the objective was to cover the entire state territory.

Source: El Universal

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