[Español abajo] (Saturday,10 April) As I write this, we, the Old Farts, are sitting at the women’s public hospital in Managua waiting to see if we keel over after getting our first COVID-19 vaccine. We are so excited and thrilled... not only did it go well... it was easy, organized, and safe. Every person attending us was friendly, kind, and very efficient.A friend called us this morning and told us that the lines for vaccines had gone down and for us to head over and so we did.
|First vaccination for the Old Farts|
Earlier in the week, I read an article in The Guardian that a friend had told me about and was appalled by what I read. The article certainly did not reflect what I have experienced in Nicaragua as we live here and have weathered the pandemic.
Nicaragua has had low numbers of cases... Why?
1. Almost all businesses and government buildings that are enclosed require masks, alcohol for cleaning hands and shopping carts, and temperatures are taken before entering.
2. The population of Nicaragua is young compared to... say... the U. S. A.
3. Most houses are opened to the air. In regard to many other nations, most Nicaraguans do not have air conditioning.
4. At the beginning of the pandemic, health workers went house to house explaining about the virus and how to protect yourself and family - they made nearly 5 million home visits.
5. Despite what The Guardian said, there have not been mass demonstrations. The normally huge gathering in the Plaza on the 19th of July last year was instead broadcast virtually, and people were encouraged to celebrate at home with the slogan "every house is a Plaza."
Nicaragua has had limited testing like most of the world, but when Becca thought she might have COVID, she was tested. Read her blog about getting tested.
As in every country, there probably have been more deaths due to COVID-19 than are reported, but absolutely nothing like what The Guardian reported. Why do I think that? Because we run a health clinic that has its fingers on the pulse of a crowded and poverty-stricken community. Our Nueva Vida Clinic staff has only seen a few deaths that could have had the virus as a contributing factor along with diabetes, hypertension, and kidney failure.
The Center for Disease Control reports that deaths in the U.S. due to Covid-19 are likely to be 35% higher than has been reported. Many people everywhere decide not to go get medical care.
So why is the Nicaraguan government getting such bad press regarding health care?
Among the many achievements of the Sandinista government over the last 15 years, health care - including the successful response to COVID - is one of this government's greatest achievements. So why would a news media known for being left-leaning report such erroneous information?
Well, when I asked our Community members on our front porch, Becca said, "sloppy reporting. They take information from someone that they trust and never check the sources."