MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s desire to spend money, experiment more, change course, or respond to new scientific evidence has made the country one of the worst victims of the coronavirus epidemic, according to a report released by the University University this week. California, San Francisco.
According to the World University Institute of World Health Sciences, the death toll in Mexico would have been significantly lower if it had reacted like the middle government, which also published a report sharply criticizing the US response to COVID-19.
The Mexican Department of Health says nearly 210,000 deaths have been reported in the country of 126 million, but because so few trials have been conducted, it acknowledges that the actual death toll is 330,000. The United States and Brazil have higher payments, but much larger populations.
The Institute for Global Masks’s recommendation of face masks, travel restrictions, adequate testing, provision of protective equipment, and setting of social distance were some of the mistakes in the report commissioned by the WHO Independent Commission on Global Health.
“The main decisions to deal with the health crisis were based on unfounded assumptions without adequate risk assessment,” the report said, citing “excessive focus on power”, “government communication campaign prioritizing appearance, party policy.” before health. “
For example, Assistant Secretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatel, who served as the government’s caretaker during the epidemic, repeatedly said that wearing face masks did not protect people from catching COVID-19, even after evidence was established. :
“It is no coincidence that the countries with the worst response to the COVID-19 epidemic have populist leaders,” the report said. “They have commonalities, such as minimizing the severity of the condition, discouraging the use of face masks, giving preference to the economy, saving lives, and refusing to respond in concert with political opponents.”
Neither Lopez-Gatel nor the government commented on the report.
Former Secretary of Health Jose Naro said that “although it contains some inaccuracies, the truth is that it is very good.”
Throughout the epidemic, Lopez-Gatel ridiculed mass trials as a waste of money and effort. The government also emphasized the promise of hospital beds when in fact the system was available in many places.
Austerity President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has spoken out with pride about not getting into debt during the epidemic and not launching economic stimulus programs. The preamble states that the penny may play a role in decisions not to expand trials, to postpone cases դեպ to obtain PPE quickly.
“Initially, health authorities considered efforts to stop or curb the virus to be futile, wasting resources, instead insisting on a mitigation approach, and preparing the health care system for a small minority that requires medical care,” he said. The report said.
But by concentrating so much power in the hands of Lopez-Gatel-appointed Lopez-Obrador, the government pushed to redouble its early mistakes.
The human cost of irreparable steps is overwhelming.
“Every day I cry for my son, for the circumstances in which he died.” said Martha Mendes Gևra, whose son, TV sports journalist Jose Pepe, Roldan Mendes, 43, died of COVID-19 in June.
On Wednesday, Mendes Giara brought photos with his ashes to the Holy Temple in Guadalupe, Mexico, to be blessed in an impromptu sanctuary for epidemic victims.
He says he cannot judge whether the authorities’ response to the epidemic is sufficient, in part because he never saw his son in May when he was admitted to a state hospital. “We do not know if they did enough for him because they did not allow us to visit him,” he said.
In fairness, the report said, the Lopez Obrador administration had to contend with an already over-stretched health care system, “delays in getting people medical attention for fear that people would get sick or die after being admitted to hospital.” »
This meant that many patients came to the hospital in the advanced stages of the disease.
“The high prevalence of chronic diseases, in addition to the poor timing of quality medical care, may have contributed to the high mortality rate of COVID-19 in the elderly population in Mexico,” the report said, citing Mexico’s very high levels. obesity և diabetes.
This led to the death of more patients. 50.6% of COVID-19 deaths occurred in Mexico under the age of 65, compared with 18.7% in the United States.
The government has said it will not enforce mandatory face mask rules, closed locks or travel bans, saying such actions would violate individual freedoms. The statement said the government had failed to comply with even its own rules, which claimed that February had made Mexico the second most affected capital in the world after Peru, Lima.
“The miscalculations of the authorities or the confusion of the epidemic alarm system, which was the highest level of risk until December 4, forced them to delay the re-imposition of severe restrictions in the city until December 18,” the report said. և other activities that would cause the business to close.
“At that time, on the eve of the winter holidays, the transfer had already taken place,” it said.