COVID-19: “We have reached our limit”, says Mayor of Governador Valadares – Gerais

COVID-19: “We have reached our limit”, says Mayor of Governador Valadares – Gerais
COVID-19: “We have reached our limit”, says Mayor of Governador Valadares – Gerais
The mayor of Governador Valadares, Andr Merlo, alongside the vice-mayor, David Barroso, and the municipal secretary of Sade, Caroline Sangali, during a press conference (photo: Leonardo Morais / PMGV)

Valadares Governor is experiencing the worst moment of the new coronavirus pandemic. The statement by the city mayor, Andr Merlo (PSDB), during a press conference this Wednesday afternoon (31), after a meeting with mayors and health secretaries of the Macrorregio de Sade Leste, elected state and federal deputies in the Eastern region of Minas Gerais , councilors, representatives of city hospitals and the Public Ministry.

This Wednesday, Valadares returned to record a high number of deaths by COVID-19. There were 12 deaths and 241 new cases of the disease. The waiting list for ICU beds COVID-19 SUS has 40 patients.

“We arrived at our limitUnfortunately, we do not have ICU beds or clinical beds to treat COVID-19 patients. But we remain committed to the search for solutions. We are aligning with the cities that are agreed with Valadares to see these patients with mild conditions and do not send them to Valadares “, said Mayor Andr Merlo.

He said he sent a document to the state government asking for socorro. “We need support and support from the government of Minas Gerais, with inputs, financial resources and labor,” said the mayor.

The Public Health Prosecutor, Randal Bianchini, made an appeal to the population to cooperate with health managers and professionals at this very delicate moment.

“We live in the worst moment of the pandemic in the city and in the country. We run the risk of not being able to assist people in the right way, due to the high consumption of inputs and medicines, in addition to the exhaustion of frontline professionals,” said Bianchini.

Emergency actions

With the catholic situation in health care, Sade’s municipal secretary, Caroline Sangali, said that her team is committed to finding solutions to the possible shortage of medicines and supplies in the market. And it seeks emergency alternatives for the opening of new clinical and ICU beds in the city.

“Today, on this date (3/31), there is no shortage of medicines and supplies at the Municipal Hospital, however, in view of the high consumption and demand, in Valadares alone, suppliers are not having the logistics to deliver / supply us. this is a concern, as we have many people in the ICUs of the public network, depending on it to live “, he said.

In order to create new clinical beds in the public network, Mayor Andr Merlo said that the city is handling the administrative requirement for the temporary transfer of the maternity hospital from the Municipal Hospital (HM) to the facilities of the Hospital So Vicente de Paulo.

“With this, when we took the maternity ward of the Municipal Hospital and her entire clinical staff to the So Vicente Hospital. Thus, we opened another 50 clinical beds for COVID-19 at the HM. However, we also encountered the difficulty of finding professionals to take on these new jobs, “said Merlo.

Appeal to the population

All the efforts that the City Hall of Governador Valadares and the health managers are making can be in vain, if the population does not understand the moment of crisis and contributes to the containment actions of COVID-19.

Caroline Sangali asked everyone to adhere to the health security guidelines. She said that there are records of a change in the profile of the inmates. “We have interns and younger people, so, once again, I ask you to avoid crowds, especially on the upcoming holiday”.

The secretariat said 40 people hospitalized at the Central Polyclinic and 40 others needed ICU support for COVID-19. This is the waiting queue for transferring via SUSF to an available bed. “This is an extremely delicate moment and we need to be solitary, join forces to resolve this situation as soon as possible and, even more, save lives”, asked Caroline Sangali.

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