In response to the vacuum created after the decision to dissolve the government’s medical task force, the organization Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA) facilitated the creation of the Citizen Health Committee (CCS), a group of health professionals with the aim of to provide citizens with information and recommendations using the most up-to-date data on Covid-19 as a basis.
The committee will have the task of reporting on the data that is updated regarding the pandemic and giving suggestions and recommendations to the public from a health point of view on what should or should not be done in response.
For this, social networks will be used in order to maintain direct and recurring communication.
The initiative will also include the transmission of conferences that will be held every two weeks in order to communicate to the public the data available so far.
“We understand that the current situation deserves to facilitate a space for citizen participation among health professionals to present data and pertinent information on an issue as important as Covid-19,” said Christian Arvelo Forteza, vice president of MPA.
The CCS will be coordinated by the doctoral candidate in Immunology and co-director of the PRSPAN Scientific Public Policy Initiative, Bianca Valdés.
This group will have the multidisciplinary expertise of doctors, public health professionals, and other health matters.
Members of the CCS include Emmanuelli Algarín; COSACO PR data analyst and scientific advisor Danilo Pérez; the ASSMCA quality evaluator, Regina Ortiz; the expert in occupational health and safety Marysel Pagán Santana; to the epidemiologist Melissa Marzán; and Franklin Avilés, executive director of COSACO PR.
Other experts from various disciplines will join this effort in the coming days.
Valdés expressed that the space will serve to educate citizens about Covid-19.
“From day one, each of us has advocated, from different spaces, for public policy decisions to be made that safeguard the health and safety of citizens. We are ready to inform Puerto Rico where we are in terms of Covid-19 and about recommendations to stop the infections, “he said.