NIHMP task force in Lampedusa: only 3 cases of infectious diseases out of 9303 treated people
Rome, 20 May - Tuberculosis, malaria and HIV in a pregnant woman. Only three cases of infectious diseases were reported among 9,303 migrants landed at Lampedusa since last April in the framework of the assistance project of the NIHMP. During the press conference, Concetta Mirisola, Chief Executive Officer of the NIHMP, provided the project’s data and the Fnomceo (Italian National Federation for the Orders of Doctors and Dentists) announced the conference “Health and Migrants. An Approach Towards Medical Inclusion and Cooperation” that will be held on 17 and 18 June in Giardini Naxos, Messina, Sicily. Since April 11th, when the project was started, the NIHMP provided medical assistance to 9,303 migrants, arrived with 45 landings. “They are – said Mirisola – 8,179 men, 857 women, 33 unaccompanied minors, 134 accompanied minors. In general, they are healthy if we consider that they walk for days before being embarked”.
The most frequently reported diseases are dehydration, hypothermia, inflammation of the first respiratory tract and of the genitalia, fractures and trauma to the legs occurred during landing. At the moment, said Dr Mirisola, 989 migrants are on the Island, including 802 men, 92 women (two pregnant women), 19 accompanied minors and 76 unaccompanied minors […]. (AGI press agency)