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This is how the IMSS Respiratory Care Modules work

The Social Security Respiratory Care Modules (MARSS) operate in all Family Medical Units in the country.  PHOTO: NACHO RUÍZ /CUARTOSCURO.COM The Social Security Respiratory Care Modules (MARSS) operate in all Family Medical Units in the country. PHOTO: NACHO RUÍZ /CUARTOSCURO.COM

This afternoon in a press videoconference, Dr. Manuel Cervantes Ocampo, coordinator of Comprehensive Health Care at the First Level of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), presented the program of the Social Security Respiratory Care Modules (MARSS) as part of the COVID Specialized Care strategy at home and increased hospital capacity.

The modules help to carry out a medical assessment of respiratory diseases of each patient who attends, in the first phase of the program, The MARSS are located in the 1,525 Family Medicine Units (UMF), each one will have at least one specialized module and a maximum of 7 MARSS, this will depend on the dimension and size of the unit.

Its main function is detect in time those people who are infected by Covid-19 and provide timely medical care along with a pharmaceutical treatment and the care that must be followed from home. These units are located at the entrances and parking lots of UMF to prevent the possible positive from entering the clinic and offices, increasing the probability of a source of contagion.

The doctor.  Manuel Cervantes Ocampo assured that the MARSS help locate positive patients and treat them adequately with the necessary medical follow-up.  (Photo: Facebook / IMMS screenshot) The doctor. Manuel Cervantes Ocampo assured that the MARSS help locate positive patients and treat them adequately with the necessary medical follow-up. (Photo: Facebook / IMMS screenshot)

Among the objectives of the program, the contribution to the decrease in mortality from the new coronavirus, break the chain of community contagion, give close and continuous follow-up to patients to quickly detect those with serious impairments or that require specialized care.

Once they get the results of the rapid test and confirm that the person has the disease, they are given a drug kit together with diptychs containing information on how to care for your home. In addition, the IMSS provides a telephone medical attention for up to ten days where the infected person can consult any questions with their assigned doctor.

The kits contain a series of drugs approved for use against Covid-19, among them the Ivermectin 200 mcg, Paracetamol 500 mg, Azithromycin 500 mg, a pulse oximeter so that the person can monitor their oxygenation levels and 10 masks. These are delivered free of charge, so far they have been delivered 7 thousand 501 to CDMX patients.

In Mexico City 7 thousand 501 patients have received a medical kit to treat the disease caused by Covid-19 (Photo: screenshot of Facebook IMSS) In Mexico City 7 thousand 501 patients have received a medical kit to treat the disease caused by Covid-19 (Photo: screenshot of Facebook IMSS)

In the Mexico City operates 46 UMF and will have a total of 135 MARSS, Currently the modules give attention in a limited schedule, that is to say that from early to 8 at night they will be attending, however, Dr. Cervantes affirmed that Zoé Robledo, general director of the IMSS, intends to extend the hours of attention, so that it is operating 24 hours a day and attend older patients at different times.

The program began operating in March 2020 with some care units, however it was up to June 2020 where the first survey started and follow-up to patients through distance calls. On October 19, the strategy of active monitoring of COVID patients by the family doctor formally began, it was until the December 24, the use of rapid antigen tests and pharmaceutical kits for patients was implemented.

The Health Secretary continues to promote the care that citizens must follow to avoid contagion by the virus, despite the fact that there is already a vaccination plan and in most states the vaccination campaign for health sector workers, the authorities invite the population to do not relax measurements and be patient with the distribution of the vaccine.

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