Prison of 4 to 8 years for those who mistreat elderly people
A new law established measures to protect the elderly: Anyone who abandons an elderly person over 60 years of age who is under their care, and anyone who responsible of issues related to their "hygiene, clothing, food and health", will incur in prison sentences of up to 8 years. Protection centers, relatives, and caregivers of senior citizens must guarantee adequate living conditions for them. Protection centers that incur in negligence or mistreatment, or that do not feed them well will have fines of 20 minimum wages. In cases of domestic violence, protection centers must accommodate the elderly.
Colombia: Hepatitis C meds 80% cheaper
Colombia participated with other countries in centralized purchases of Hepatitis C treatments, which will benefit one thousand people and save $ 292 billion to the country in its first year, reducing costs more than 80%. Daklinza and Sovaldi will decrease from $ 137.2 million per patient to $ 29 million, and Harvoni will go from $ 114.3 million to $ 23.5 million. They have a cure rate of 94% of cases and their use will cover 85% of treatment needs in the country. Some 400,000 Colombians have the virus and 60,000 will require treatment between 2017 and 2030.
Policies and actions to prevent suicide in Medellín
According to the latest epidemiological bulletin of the Ministry of Health, in 2016 there were 224 deaths from suicide with an average of 36 attempts per week, mainly in children, teenagers, and people under 29 years of age (73% of cases). The prevention programs are: Amiga Health Line 444 44 48 provides mental health counseling; "Culture of care in the educational environment" in 300 institutions seeks to prevent risks; "Friendly Health Services" addresses life cycle crises; and the plan "Public budget prevention program of suicidal behavior" sensitizes the population.
In August, anti-dengue mosquitoes will be released in Medellín
In order to reduce mortality and morbidity rates caused by Aedes aegypti (a dengue transmitting mosquito that can also carry Zika, Chikungunya and yellow fever), and the number of consultations and disabilities, the Program for the Study and Control of Tropical Diseases (Pecet) from Universidad de Antioquia will release mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria in Aranjuez, Santa Cruz and Manrique this August. With community support, 2 to 3 mosquitoes per house will be released for up to 10 or 12 weeks. The project will end in July 2018, after reaching all areas of the city.
Biva: An app to improve follow-up of medical treatments
According to the World Health Organization, less than half the population in the world follows medical recommendations properly. To face this challenge, the free app "Biva" was developed in Medellín. It sends reminders to people so that they do not forget to take their medication or pick up refills, while allowing to add caregivers that check up on health issues, to schedule appointments, to register treating doctors, and to add family profiles. Soon it will scan and save medical formulas too, and provide reports on medicine interactions.