Deadly infection on the Colombian pacific coast: Where is the state?

Meanwhile, the team sent to Bajo Baudó by the Colombian government consists of a doctor, a nurse, a bacteriologist and a vaccination team. Comparing the coronavirus with the episode in this indigenous community is obviously exaggerated.

It does not seem that there has been anything similar to the transferral from an animal virus to a human virus, which is the mutation that makes new viruses of this type so dangerous. But the epidemic outbreak is a testament to an inequality that reigns in Latin America.

It is unimaginable that this community could build a hospital bed even in 1000 days; The town does not even have a health post: the nearest is six hours away, often unreacheable. Two sick children had to be evacuated by helicopter.

The community does not even have potable water, and consumes from the rivers, without any sanitary guarantee, which could be the cause of the outbreak, and makes it even more evident that the presence of the state in these areas is almost nil.

According to the World Bank, in Colombia for every 1,000 children born, 12 die. In Mexico, this figure is 11, in Brazil 13, in Venezuela 21, and in Haiti 50. On average, in Latin America and the Caribbean, 14 out of every 1,000 children die, a rate surpassed only by Southern Africa and South Asia.

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