seems to care about what is happening. On October 11, 2016, José Largo,
coordinator of Health District No. 2 of Atabapo municipality, which is in charge
of 16 rural type-I outpatient clinics, delivered a letter to the Fuel Control
Committee, requesting for health security and defense three thousand liters of
gasoline and another 660 liters of gasoil from the reserve for the mobilization
to different sectors of San Fernando de Atabapo and the parishes of Hucata and
Yapacana, with the objective of conducting an epidemiological fence and the
respective fumigations. But there was no response.
November 4, Largo and the health team of Hospital María Garrido in San Fernando
de Atabapo resumed their intention with another letter, this time addressed to
the commander of the border detachment and representative of the Comprehensive
Defense Operating Area (Zodi) in Atabapo. The coordinator of Health District No.
2 of Atabapo municipality counted then 595 positive cases and one death that
occurred in late October. A week later, on November 15, an environmental health
commission was formed by Juan Carlos Moreno, deputy director of malaria in the
state of Amazonas, Arvey Garrido, public health inspector, and a fumigator.
According to Largo, by this time, there were over 900 diseased in the
warned that patients not only came from San Fernando de Atabapo, but from more
distant communities such as Carida, three hours by boat. The majority were
children infected with plasmodium, the parasite that enters the blood
after the bite of the mosquito. In view of that, the group moved to those
is a military base in Carida. From this area, there are paths made of boards for
the motorcycles that reach the illegal gold mines, which turns the town into one
of the main focuses of malaria (86 out of 137 slides taken were of different
types of plasmodium). They continued to Macuruco, where they detected
that there was no good sanitation. In La Venturosa, where the tour continued,
they only sprayed because they arrived too late and no samples could be taken.
In Santa Bárbara, where there is a military post, three officers were positive.
In each village they found a panorama that overflowed their response capacity.
"We were not prepared for this malaria epidemic. Since in 2015 we did not have
so many cases of malaria, we bought supplies projecting a similar scenario for
2016. Now we are cutting treatment, supervising and monitoring," says William
Velásquez, who after six years in the position of director of Environmental
Health of Amazonas resigned on February 9,