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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

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FARINAS REINOSO, Ana Teresa et al. Evaluation of cholera surveillance at Heroes of Moncada polyclinic. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.1, pp.21-35. ISSN 0864-2125.

Introduction: evaluation is conceived as the activity that allows a judgment of value. Cholera is an infectious disease known since ancient times, so for more than 40 years it has been under surveillance in Cuba. Multiple and complex variables have been responsible for the entry of Vibrio cholerae in Cuba, conditioning the emergence of several outbreaks on the national territory. Objective: to assess cholera surveillance at Heroes of Moncada polyclinic in Plaza Township, Havana from October to November 2012. Method: a tactical, descriptive, cross-sectional study assessment was performed. The universe consisted of 26 medical practices, a principal assistant of Hygiene and Epidemiology, 3 laboratory technicians, 2 of statistics technicians, and 3 hygiene technicians from this area. A convenience sample was selected representing 20% of the universe. The rapid assessment methodology proposed by Dr. Teresa Fariñas was applied, visiting 5 medical practices of this area over a total period of two days. Further background information from October and first half of November was collected. Results: gaps were identified between what was primarily instructed to control by family physicians and nurses in case of health care due to acute diarrheal disease and what actually was taking place. Conclusions: the evaluation of cholera surveillance in our study was assessed fairly satisfactory, by being scored as unuseful, with a fairly acceptable quality and satisfactory results.

Keywords : evaluation; monitoring systems; severe acute diarrheal disease control program; cholera.

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