This is how a Tropical Medicine Unit works

When cases of monkeypox arrived in Spain as isolated cases, the Infectious Diseases Service of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital supported all these patients from endemic areas in order to offer them a effective treatment for this infection.

This service treats all kinds of infectious diseases, including HIV. However, this service has a sub-service specialized in imported infectious diseases of tropical originsuch as malaria, dengue, or caring for patients who have autochthonous parasites: the Tropical Medicine Unit.

Imported tropical diseases are defined as those acquired outside our borders and imported into our country. In other words, the tropical diseases that they do not exist or are not widespread in Spain.

Infections affect humans by causing very different processes that can be localized in any tissue of the human body, which is why they require a specific approach integrated with other specialties.

According to the Ministry of Health, a person’s global mobility has increased 1,000 times on average over the past two centuries. Currently in Spain, a 12.2% of the population (5.7 million people) are of foreign origin, including approximately 750,000 children under 15 years of age. More than half come from Africa, Latin America and Asia.

On the other hand, in recent years the number of travelers to international destinations has gradually increased in our country, amounting to approximately 13 million per yearof which approximately 1 million go to tropical or subtropical areas.

In this way, infections affect the human being causing processes very different that can be located in any tissue of the human bodyTherefore, they require a specific approach integrated with other specialties.

In recent years, the number of travelers to international destinations has gradually increased in our country, amounting to about 13 million per year, of which about 1 million go to tropical or subtropical areas.

For this reason, this service is one of the most complex and necessary, since it responds to the population health needs and demand for servicesguaranteeing the accessibility, equity and quality of its use.

The Dr Jose Antonio Perez Molinamember of this unit, assures that “a high fever coming from the tropics, it’s something big enough for a professional with experience in the tropics to handle. In this respect, the Tropical Medicine Unit of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital is the only one to have an infectious disease unit. For this reason, the expert explains that “if you have an infectious health problem, and especially if you come from outside Europe, there will always be a professional to when the activity is urgent”.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH

From the tropical diseases unit, they explain that they normally treat people from African or South American origin. For this reason, this area is not only specialized in diagnosis and treatment of these pathologies.

It is true that migration has increased over the years and represents a powerful source of stress link them to the mental health problems of the person who suffers from them.

“Some of the problems we have to face, and every time most often it’s mental health. People come who have migrated because of conflicts, persecutions, for the violation of their sexual or religious rights which have been abused”, alleges Dr. Pérez.

“Most migrants are healthy people. It is not necessary to pass off that the migrant population has health problems or that they come for treatment”

They also have a tip cross cultural psychologyas healthcare professionals are now more aware of the challenges they face in providing serving a culturally diverse population.

Most migrants are healthy people. It is not necessary to make people understand that the migrant population has health problems or that they are coming for treatment. Quite the opposite, because epidemiological studies show that these are young and healthy people.

Because we all need health… ConSalud.es

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