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Minister of Insurance The increase in coronavirus cases should not affect Health Caravan

Minister of Insurance The increase in coronavirus cases should not affect Health Caravan

The state is seeing a growth in patients with flu symptoms, but most are milder due to vaccination

Minister of State for Health, Giraldo Resende, has, for now, ignored the suspension of surgeries and tests in the health convoy (Photo: Markus Malouf)

In a press conference held this morning (10) Secretary of State the healthGiraldo Resende, commented that he is not considering, at least, for now, suspending the Health Caravan program – which expands the offering of highly complex examinations and surgeries to the residents of Mato Grosso do Sul, by they (unique system of the health) – due to the increased outbreak of influenza in the state.

SES holder (Secretariat of State the health) confirms that there is a significant growth in cases of coronavirus and influenza, due to the emergence of new variants of these viruses, but vaccination coverage has led to a decrease in serious cases.

For now, we will not suspend the service, even because thousands of people need the service. So there is no need for this, positive cases are being followed up, as well as serious cases, and the number of patients in hospital is not high. So you can reconcile and the convoy continues.”

Currently, about 2% of intensive care (ICU) beds in the greater region of the health From Campo Grande, it is occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19, although the total capacity is close to 49%.

In the first half of 2021, when the vaccination campaign began, there was an overcrowding of these structures – the indicator reached more than 100% and most cases were confirmed or suspected of being infected with the Coronavirus.

It should be noted that at the beginning of the epidemic period, mid-March 2020, most medical procedures were postponed or canceled, as the public network became overburdened with the care of patients with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), a group of symptoms caused, in large part, by Covid.

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The program received from the 79 municipalities of Mato Grosso do Sul at least 68.6 thousand requests for surgical operations and 33 thousand tests for this edition, which in total required investments of about 80 million R$.