Por Marlen BorgesHavana, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) At the age of 19, Barbara María Amaro never imagined that her incipient university life would take such a monumental turn and that she would be closer to make her dream of becoming an epidemiologist come true.
Fear of the virus is evident, says the young student, but she is committed to her responsibility to search possible Covid-19 cases, mainly among elderly people, the population group who is most vulnerable to the pandemic, which has challenged the entire world.
The majority of the population appreciates our work, above all the elderly who live alone, she added. They feel protected with our visits, express their concerns and at the same time we serve as ‘a bridge’ for their communication with the physicians from the family doctor’s offices.
According to Idalmis Miranda, a family doctor in Plaza de la Revolución municipality, in Havana, the surveys made by the medical students every day are highly valued, because they help to control and prevent contagions.
If a person shows symptoms of the disease, the students issue a report. We visit the home of that person, assess the symptoms and make a decision.
Bárbara María is proud of supporting the health personnel in this humanitarian work, and is aware that with her survey, she is also helping to save several lives.