Examining the State of Health in Xerem with State Secretary of Health, Sergio Cortes

Source: Extra.globo.com

On Sunday morning, State Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes was in Xerém, Duque de Caxias, surveying the areas most affected by the floods this week and the main shelters that are receiving municipal population. The State Government is setting up a Dengue Hydration Center at the health center of Xerém, which has been operating since 3pm on Sunday. The center has twelve chairs for hydration and has capacity to serve 300 people a day. We are taking steps to prepare for the worst, hoping for the best. Secretary Sergio Cortes explained that this center is a preventive action of the state Department of Health to support the municipality, given the amount of garbage accumulated by the city, increasing the possibility of dengue mosquito proliferation.
In a meeting with the municipal health secretary, Camillo Junqueira, and the coordinator of the National Health Force, Conceição Mendonça, it was agreed that the state deliver another calamity kit to Caxias (the first has already been delivered), in addition to 3000 antibiotic tablets for early intervention against leptospirosis.
All measures taken by the State Department of Health, or SES,(present in the region with the epidemiological surveillance teams since last Thursday) so far are aimed at preventing the proliferation of diseases that are transmitted by contaminated water, such as leptospirosis, hepatitis A and diarrhea; By cluster of people, such as chicken pox and meningitis; and after rainfall, such as dengue.
The first batch of samples collected in seven shelters of Xerém under the surveillance of the state health department was considered unsatisfactory by the Central Laboratory Noel Nutels (Lacen). Therefore, teams are working on the daily disinfection of this water. The recommendation of the Department of Health is that all people do the same.
For this, the State Government has delivered 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite to Capias. The people who are in shelters or around their homes should use bottled water for drinking and food hygiene. Also, they should use hypochlorite in water tanks. Secretary Sergio Cortes warned that the shelters are making this distribution, and asked that anyone making donations to Xerém not forget to include bottled water.
The Situation Room is mounted on Xerém health post for monitoring all health actions for the region. In addition to the previously mentioned measures, the coming days will see another calamity kit being sent to the region and there will be training people working in shelters for early identification of symptoms of major diseases and rapid adoption of febrile syndrome protocol. The National Force Health will also be convened.
Sergio Cortes has completed extensive research in the healthcare field with subjects ranging from diabetes to orthopedics. He is a doctor who cares deeply about the physical health of those in his community. Find more information about him at his website www.sergiocortesoficial.com.