Infections, lice “rampant”; dozens pregnant
| USA Today – Mexican officials in Tijuana reported that they have met and treated more than 3,600 migrants who are part of the controversial caravan that began in Honduras last month en route to the southern border.
The migrants are being temporarily housed in two locations along the U.S.-Mexico border, with many seeking asylum in the United States.
Baja California Health Secretary Guillermo Trejo Dozal said 2,190 migrants have been diagnosed with respiratory infections.
He said two adults and two children are being treated for chickenpox, and thousands have been given drugs to prevent stomach infections.
Nearly three dozen women are pregnant and being monitored by health workers in Tijuana and Mexicali.
He added the state of Baja California had spent 7 million pesos (about $350,000) to provide medical services for migrants housed at shelters in Tijuana and Mexicali.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that respiratory infections and lice are rampant in a sports complex housing more than 6,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana.
Workers with the United Nations Children’s Fund said Thursday that they are “deeply concerned for the safety and well-being” of more than 1,000 migrant children in Mexico.
“UNICEF says these children have limited access to many of the essential services they need, including nutrition, education, psychosocial support and health care,” said Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in New York. “They are also at risk of exploitation and trafficking.”
UNICEF officials, said Dujarric, are urging “all governments to guarantee that uprooted children have access to asylum procedures in a timely fashion, no matter how they enter the country.” Read more.