In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, which continues to face a public health emergency, the Ministry of Health on Monday (18/10) launched the “SOS de Ponta” program to train 10,000 health professionals, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and nursing. Technicians who seek care for patients in emergencies, emergencies and disasters.
For this purpose, the Ministry pledges to invest R$14.3 million in training, which will take place in person as well as remotely, and which will be managed by the Secretariat of the Department of Labor and Health Education (SGTES).
“We know that in emergencies and emergencies where there is a higher risk of death and we need to better rehabilitate those who are at the forefront to better cope with these situations. Especially in my area, cardiology. Not many know how to attend a cardiopulmonary arrest,” the Minister of Health emphasized , Marcelo Quiroga, who was present at the launch event.
For the minister, the great lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic was the strengthening of Brazil’s health system. Quiroga promised that this increase will also be present this year. “In 2020, we had extraordinary credits of more than R$50 billion. In 2021, we will again have an increase of R$50 billion in the budget of the Ministry of Health,” he said.
In addition to the course for professionals dealing with emergencies, it is also planned to update the basic and advanced life support protocols for SAMU.
Freedom and independence
At the event, the Minister of Health also defended autonomy in the doctor-patient relationship and spoke about the freedom of citizens regarding public health policies. “President (Jair) Bolsonaro’s government is a government that has been a strong advocate of life, since its inception, but it is a government that is a strong advocate of freedom. We want people to have free access to public health policies, for example vaccination policy,” he said.
Although it was not stated explicitly against the obligation to vaccinate against the coronavirus, the rhetoric is in line with what President Bolsonaro has been saying. More recently, the President of Planalto criticized the adoption of the vaccination passport and indicated that the federal government would not support the measure already implemented by some states.
“I mean that in terms of what depends on the federal government, we don’t have a Covid passport. We never support restrictive measures. We have always been on the side of freedom, the right to come and go, the right to work and religious freedom,” he claimed during his speech On a trip to Maringa (PR), at the beginning of the month.
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