Brazil Covid-19: A town in the state of Sao Paulo says a growing number of cases across the country could force patients to be evacuated with a ventilator.

Cases of coronavirus are on the rise in Brazil, and the country’s health system is becoming increasingly overcrowded. In almost every state in Brazil, the occupancy rate in intensive care units (ICUs) is 80% or more. Some of them are 0% or more, and some have gone beyond 100% occupation, forcing some patients to do so.

State governors, city mayors and local medical staff now say they are also providing supplies for the treatment of Covid-19 patients who have been allocated expensive ICU beds. A report by the National Council of Municipal Health Secretaries states that stocks of drugs that facilitate intestinal intake will be destroyed in the next two weeks. And the Association of National Private Hospitals of Brazil (AAANHP) has predicted that the drugs needed to inject Covid-19 patients will be out of private hospitals by Monday.

In the coastal city of Sઓo Paulo, in the state of S સાo Paulo, Mayor Felipe Augusto resorted to a public appeal this week to get more supplies from the state government.

“Our stock lasts until Monday, and will only be used for inpatients. The problem is that the lack of these drugs requires an exhibition – that is, you have to remove this patient who is in a serious and inpatient condition and switch. In a breathing mask. A big risk, “Meyer told CNN-affiliated CNN Brazil on Saturday.
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Doctor Juan Lambert, head of Sao Sebastiao’s largest hospital, told CNN on Sunday that 10 Covid-19 patients were intubated at his hospital, and the state government bought them time by sending them a week’s supply after Augusto’s application spread in the media. .

“Thank God the Secretariat reached out and gave us priority in the distribution of supplies.” Lambert said.

But the country is expanding to accommodate new cases, even in the richest state of Brazil. On Saturday, the S આરોગ્યo Paulo state health department predicted that the stock of drugs used for the end-int motivation of public hospitals would run only for another week.

In an official statement to CNN, the department said it was demanding “clear and urgent action” from Brazil’s health ministry. The ministry did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

National crisis

According to a CNN analysis, nearly a quarter of global Covid-19 deaths occurred in Brazil in the past two weeks. At least 294,042 people have died in the country since the epidemic began.

Last week, the Brazilian National Front mayor (FNP) sent a letter to President Jair Bolsonaro and the Ministry of Health, urging the federal government to take immediate action to provide sedatives and oxygen to end-int patients suffering from Covid-19 and other ailments. .

“People, for Brazilian citizens, ‘drowning in the drought’ lead to such a horrific death or have to keep their consciousness tied during the delicate and painful painful process of the end and the disappearance of people during this period is unreasonable,” the letter says.

The Federal Pharmacy Council (CFF) also warned that there is evidence that neuromuscular blockers, sedatives and other drugs used in intensive care, such as midzolam, are necessary for human and safe end ub motivation.

These were not the first warnings. In August August 2020, a report by the National Health Council – an agency affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health – described the risk of drug shortage among epidemics.

“The shortage of these drugs threatens the entire health care plan during an epidemic … because even with the available beds, without these drugs, it is not possible to process, which could lead to the collapse of the entire health system.” Wrote Fernando Pigato, president of the council.

Tips for changing tactics

Bolsonaro, who celebrated his 66th birthday on Sunday, has seen an increase in publicly unacceptable ratings as the country continues to have Covid-19. A survey conducted by the Datafolha Polling Institute last week showed 54% of the epidemics were named.

The president has refused to support the lockdown measures, arguing that they are protecting the freedom of citizens and the economic health of the country. His administration has also said that state-level officials are empowered to take precautionary measures.

However, Bolsonaro announced last week that his government had filed a lawsuit to impose certain sanctions on governors and mayors following some of the curfews and other strict measures they had adopted. He said, “This is a state of siege, which only one person can command – me.”

On Sunday, more than 100 leading Brazilian bankers, economists and politicians published an open letter to the country’s largest newspaper, urging the federal government to reconsider its approach to the epidemic.

“This recession … will not go away unless the epidemic is brought under control by competent action by the federal government. In dealing with this epidemic, scientists use and misuse its disposal resources, including ignoring or ignoring scientific evidence,” bankers and economists wrote. .

“We are at an explosive stage of the epidemic and it is imperative that from now on public policies be based on data, reliable information and scientific evidence,” the letter said.

CNN’s Hira Humayun and Caitlin Hue contributed to the report.