From January to March this year, hospitalizations and deaths of elderly people over 80 years old decreased in the state of Rio. According to a survey by the Secretariat for Health Surveillance, of the State Department of Health, during this period, there was a 49% drop in hospitalizations and 44% in deaths due to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in patients over 90 years of age. Among the elderly over the age of 80, deaths decreased by 22% and hospitalizations, by 33%.
The main assessment is that the initiation of vaccination for this age group has caused a reduction in hospitalizations and deaths.
The state secretary of Health, Carlos Alberto Chaves, said that since the first batch of vaccines arrived in the state, the secretary sought to send doses quickly to the municipalities. “Our entire logistical operation is done with the result in mind, at the end , in the life of each citizen. Seeing this reduction in deaths and hospitalizations, with just over two months of vaccination, associated with other measures, gives us hope for the reversion of the current scenario of the epidemic ”, he said.
To date, 329,062 elderly people aged 80 and over have been vaccinated in the state of Rio. As of Monday morning (5), 1,316,104 people had been vaccinated and 374,909 had received the second dose. The expectation is that in the coming days a new shipment of vaccines will be delivered to the state by the Ministry of Health.
The undersecretary of Health Surveillance, Cláudia Mello, said that, even with positive numbers, the recorded data continue to be analyzed to substantiate the results of the vaccination. She pointed out that the pandemic continues and that restrictive and preventive measures will be maintained, such as the mandatory use of a mask, frequent hand hygiene and social distance. “We need to continue evaluating this data so that we have more and more accurate reports,” he said.
Last week, the Department of Health initiated one of the largest sequencing of variants of the covid-19 in the country. With an investment of R $ 1.2 million, the study will analyze 4,800 samples in the next six months, with the objective of monitoring the evolution of the covid-19 variants, improving epidemiological actions and enabling the early expansion of the number of beds and measures restrictive, in addition to identifying the incidence of new strains in the population of Rio de Janeiro.
The study, which seeks to better understand the changes suffered by Sars-Cov-2, will analyze 400 samples every 15 days. Currently, it is in the phase of purchasing inputs and separating samples. The goal is for the first viruses to be sequenced in the second half of April.
The study is financed by the Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Faperj) – with resources of R $ 1.2 million – and also has a partnership with the National Laboratory of Scientific Computing, the Laboratory of Molecular Virology of the University Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Central Laboratory (Lacen), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the Municipal Health Secretariat of Rio. (With Agência Brasil)
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