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The Order of Citizen Participation, awarded by the Mayor's Office of Sabaneta, and the recognition as a benchmark in the care of the COVID-19 pandemic, granted by the Mayor's Office of Apartadó, were the two distinctions that the Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine (ICMT) obtained from the municipalities where has its headquarters.

In both distinctions, the work and commitment of the ICMT to contribute to the communities where it impacts, with the scientific assistance and consulting it provides, was exalted, an aspect that has positioned it as a benchmark in the Aburrá Valley and in Antioqueño Urabá in the follow-up of events of public health interest such as preventable deaths, outbreaks and communicable diseases.

“The ICMT received this recognition as a national and international benchmark in tropical disease research and the work it has done with the Ministry of Health in containing COVID-19. Furthermore, thanks to the agreement we have, we have been able to maintain surveillance of diseases that are reportable or that require control ” , highlighted Dr. John Jairo Estrada Mesa, Secretary of Health of Sabaneta.

Around 2,000 investigations of public health cases, mental health diagnoses, more than 50 technical assistance to health system actors, the annual strengthening of the Immediate Response Team - ERI -, georeferencing of health events and training sessions. vaccination are some of the results delivered in these years to the municipality of Sabaneta.

For its part, the Mayor's Office of Apartadó also highlighted the investigative and diagnostic work carried out by the ICMT in 2020 to contain COVID-19, such as the tests that were carried out among the population to detect the virus or investigations such as that analyzed the simultaneous contagion of COVID-19 and dengue.

Dr. Nora Cardona Castro, a member of the ICMT for more than 30 years, also received recognition from the Mayor of Medellín in the awards Medellin Investiga 2020 for his academic and research career on tropical diseases.

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