President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has expressed her dissatisfaction with official swine flu figures, questioning whether Argentina really contains the second highest mortality rates.
She argued: “We have those numbers because we give the actual numbers of deaths. Argentina is the country that candidly counts all the numbers.”
As of Tuesday, Argentina has lost at least 137 of its citizens to the pandemic. The number shocked Argentine officials, as the figure had risen by 43 since Saturday.
Surprisingly, the majority of victims were aged between 14 and 55, something worrying doctors studying the pandemic, as it shows that everyone is vulnerable.
The president’s statements became the prelude to her Wednesday meeting at San Martín Palace with health minister Juan Manzur. Other invitees included Ramiro Tapia, the minister of health from Bolivia; Jose Gomez Temporao, the minister of health of Brazil, and Chilean health minister Alvaro Erazo. Also present were minister of public health of Paraguay, Martinez Hope, and the minister of public health of Uruguay, Maria Julia Muñoz.
These individuals analysed a report of the swine flu situation in each of their countries. The representatives discussed harmonizing their plans to combat the pandemic to ensure effectiveness. The leaders hope to work out how to distribute medicine to those in need and grant accessibility to vaccines throughout the nations.