“Listen to the mayor of Chapecó,” wrote the president in the publication made today. In the video released yesterday, the mayor of Chapecó explains how the city went “in less than 60 days, from the worst results in Brazil to the best numbers”.
Last week, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, a physician, said there was no treatment to block the virus, but stressed that the decision to indicate medications “is up to the doctor, within an environment where there is no strong scientific evidence, with his age-old autonomy to prescribe medications “.
According to Mayor Rodrigues, at the end of January Chapecó registered 6,000 positive cases of the new coronavirus and today “there are less than 800”. Regarding hospitalizations, Rodrigues stated that they are close to “zero” and that deaths have also decreased. “Deaths arrived in Chapecó at 18 a day, today the average is 2 to 3. Before the covid, the average was 5 daily,” said the mayor.
He then explained that he supported early treatment and encouraged governors and other mayors to do the same.
“How did we get to all this? Here in Chapecó we adopted all protocols. The early treatment protocol was also adopted. Attention, mayors and governors, don’t be afraid. Open your doors, treat your patients with everything possible For science too, of course it does. But let doctors who want to do early treatment do it. Give support. It was what we did in Chapecó, “he said.
He also mentions other measures such as the opening of all health units and rapid testing. “We are definitely winning, do you know why? We made a choice. We don’t talk about politics. We don’t debate whether early treatment is good or bad, we don’t discuss it. Here, everything that has to be done is done. And that’s exactly what it is. that is working in our city “, said closing the video.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the president has been defending the adoption of what he calls “early treatment”, which consists of the use of substances such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin and azithromycin. These medications are not recommended for people with covid-19. Last week, three patients died after receiving nebulization with chloroquine in the city of Camaquã, in the southern region of Rio Grande do Sul.
Chapecó joined the lockdown for 14 days
In addition to the measures mentioned in the video, Chapecó joined the lockdown for 14 days, restricting the movement of people and closing non-essential services between 23 February and 7 March. The mayor also adhered to the Santa Catarina government decree implementing the lockdown the following week, between March 12th and 19th.
The complete closure of services is one of the measures criticized by the president. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Bolsonaro has also supported, without scientific evidence, the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as a supposed “early treatment” against covid-19. Last week, the WHO ruled out using ivermectin in patients being treated for covid-19. The medically was released for use in clinical trials only.
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