The Health Secretary, Sergio Cortes, surveyed the casualties and infrastructure damage inflicted in Xerém, Duque de Caxias by heavy flooding this week. The State Government has provided the Dengue Hydration Center as well as the main shelters in the city, since Sunday. This center can handle providing emergency re-hydration to as many as 300 people each day. All agencies are coordinating to help not only the city of Xerém, but also use the city as a base to help all the surrounding areas devastated by flooding.
Secretary Cortes made this statement: “We are taking steps, planning for the worst and hoping for the best. This center is a preventive action of the state Department of Health to support the municipality, given the amount of accumulated garbage in the city, increasing the possibility of dengue fever mosquito proliferation.”
As a medical professional, Secretary Cortes, whom is an MD, has done much research and developed treatments for back pain and ways to use those treatments to encourage better body posture, which is the source of many issues with back pain. He takes a very practical and preventative approach to healing in his patients. He points out that chronic back pain is the end result of too much chronic use of modern technology without maintaining proper back posture, in many cases.
The Health Minister, Camillo Junqueira, and the National Health Force Conception Mendonça have agreed the government must immediately deliver another Caxis emergency kit, beyond the one already sent into the area. Also, 3,000 treatments of antibiotics were requested as an early intervention against leptospirosis. They recommend drinking bottled water whenever possible.
The State Department of Health sent in Epidemiological Surveillance teams to target preventing spread of diseases, such as leptospirosis, hepatitis A, and severe diarrhea. They are also watching people with chicken pox, meningitis, and dengue fever. The water from several sources supplying Xerém’s shelters have tested positive for infection-causing agents, therefore all people are advised to disinfect their water. The government also delivered 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite to Caxis. These were being distributed through the city’s shelters. The National Health Force will be brought in to manage the situation. This was first reported by ‘Sergio Cortes Oficial‘ here: Sérgio Côrtes acompanha situação.