Last week, we began the long-awaited 2023. The 12 months begins below the umbrella of hope. Society sees the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel and, all of us hope, that higher days will certainly come. Those guarantees seem within the textual content of the true assertion of prosperity.
What is essential is that, greater than ever, we’re closed by democracy and the rule of legislation. Only from the assure of particular person and collective rights, we may have a strong foundation for rebuilding (or constructing) a dignified nation, with a revered and devoted citizenship. Only by following this path, we’ll attain a Brazil with schooling, housing, meals, college, work, cash and well being for all.
However, hopes and desires are one factor. One is true. Today, those that depend on the Unified Health System are at nice threat. It is a mirrored image of the neglect of the administration: within the final six years, funding on this space has been frozen. Without ample funds and ample insurance policies, there was no enchancment or adjustment of mandatory applications, resembling prevention.
In this case, we see Covid-19 knocking laborious at our door once more. Threats come from all sides. In China, there are a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of recent circumstances. Deaths have additionally exploded for the reason that authorities ended the lockdown and strict testing program, following public protests. The fact is, proper now, the world does not even know what is going on there.
As a end result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has already issued a warning signal. On January 4, it revealed in an announcement that China was underreporting the truth of Covid-19 within the nation – particularly, deaths.
With a world that’s afraid, we see right here, in our Brazil, tales and deaths leaving the safety line. In just a few days, we’ll attain the shameful mark of 700,000 deaths.
The drawback might enhance: the XBB.1.5 variant of the coronavirus, referred to as Kraken, was detected for the primary time on the planet once more on January 4. The WHO publicizes that this subvariant is derived from Omicron, the truth is, probably the most infectious model of Covid-19 detected to this point.
The troubling information goes additional. The Ministry of Health, which is now below the brand new administration, has discovered a scarcity of contraceptives. In the emergency system, the Ministry negotiates with laboratories to ahead the dose to serve the general public from 6 months to 11 years – our kids and grandchildren.
700 thousand deaths and no prevention. It is up to us to put stress on politicians to guarantee common entry to vaccinations, and additionally, personally, to have conventional data and observe the vaccination system.
Other essential measures are to keep away from gatherings and closed areas with a big stream of individuals; If not, put on a masks. Hygiene ought to be maintained, resembling washing fingers often and utilizing gel alcohol.
Let’s go forward. Happy 2023 everybody.
Antonio Carlos Lopes, President of the Brazilian Society of Internal Medicine