El Salvador in a safe zone against acute respiratory infections and pneumonia

The health strategy implemented by the Government of President Nayib Bukele allows the indicators of acute respiratory infections and pneumonia to be kept under control.

The Ministry of Health registers 1,132,179 cases of acute respiratory infections this year, 0.6% more than in 2019 and 20,446 cases of pneumonia, 38.7% less than in 2019.


The Minister of Health, Francisco Alabi, emphasized that historically at this time of year there is an increase in patients, affected due to climate variations.

“It is very important that the population use all the tools that we have available to combat this COVID-19 pandemic: the vaccination scheme, the PCR tests and the kits with medicines and vitamins”, said the head of Health.

The highest incidence of patients with flu symptoms has to do with variants of COVID-19 that are circulating in the national territory, as well as respiratory syncytial virus and influenza viruses.

Faced with the incidence of cases of respiratory diseases, the Government of President Nayib Bukele recommends to the population that at the slightest symptom of flu, apply biosafety protocols to avoid contagion.

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But, above all, the authorities advise taking care of the most vulnerable population groups: People over 60 years of age, patients with chronic diseases and children under 9 years of age.

Another of the recommendations of medical professionals to the population is that when presenting a flu-like illness with symptoms, undergo a PCR or antigen test to confirm or rule out COVID-19.

In the case of having a positive result, the Government of President Nayib Bukele maintains three kits with medicines and vitamins free of charge to help in the recovery process that are sent to the door of the person’s house.

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