After a Listin Diario publication that highlights the limitations of human and technological resources of the national epidemiological surveillance system, the authorities announced yesterday that it was being strengthened by opening an epidemiology residence to train these specialists in the country.

The training program for epidemiological doctors will be opened this year through the opening of the National Medical Residency Competition, starting with 10 places for the training of the same number of specialists, of which the country only has 15, so that work is in progress. hands of health doctors that number about 200.

The information was offered yesterday by the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, when he pointed out that the national competition for medical residencies has already been opened, in which general doctors who want to study different types of specialties participate and the implementation of the new epidemiology residence that had disappeared. In an extensive interview on the logistics of epidemiological surveillance against COVID-19 that Listin Diario made to the interim National Director of Epidemiology, Dr. Adrián Puello, he revealed that the lack of personnel and the mostly manual work of the system limited the process of purification of cases so reports were not made immediately.


Dr. Sánchez Cárdenas reported that the medical residency program in epidemiology will be coordinated by the Ministry of Public Health with the participation of the international sector as necessary.

He said that, although at the beginning it was thought to open the program with five places, then it was decided to increase it to 10, and he pointed out that few people know the importance of these technicians in health systems and the relevance that the country reactivates training. of those human resources that had been relegated and replaced by other master’s degrees such as Public Health.

He understands that this takes a giant step in strengthening human capacities, in events not only as medical emergencies due to epidemics, but in the event of natural phenomena such as earthquakes and cyclones, which require these personnel.

Tumor registry and coffee shops will regulate

In another order, the Minister of Public Health announced during his traditional virtual press conference, the implementation of the national cancer registry at the facilities of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and the Dialysis.

He reported that the regulation of food and beverage sales in cafeterias located in health centers was also circulated.

He said that from now on, hospitals and clinics that have cafeterias that have a regulatory system to which they will be required to sell food and beverages will be notified.

The lacks

Last Tuesday, Puello said that the country only has 15 graduated epidemiologists, despite the fact that for every million inhabitants it should have 50 of these professionals and each province must have at least one in charge of leading the team, which is why those functions are currently being performed by health doctors who are about 200.

To this is added that there is no national epidemiology school in the Dominican Republic, since the one that closed nearly 30 years ago.

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