More than 13,000 health professionals, including doctors, nurses, administrative employees and civil servants, were removed between December 2021 and January 2022 due to cases of Covid-19 and flu syndrome in 14 capitals of the country, according to a survey by the Ministry of Health. CNN Agency made this Friday (14).
The capitals that most alienated professionals were: Rio de Janeiro (5,500), São Paulo (3,193), Fortaleza (1,300) and São Luís (1,000).
São Paulo states that since December 1, there has been an increase in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Covid-19, but “without significant impacts on care”. However, sick leaves have doubled from last week, which accounted for 1,585.
The Municipal Health Department of the capital of São Paulo declares that it has hired 280 new professionals and authorized the Social Health Organizations (OSSs) to hire more doctors and nurses to guarantee care.
Rio de Janeiro assures that part of the employees have already returned to work after the isolation period. “Health units and testing centers continue to function and serve the public normally”, says the Municipal Health Department.
In Belo Horizonte (MG), 487 workers were on leave due to respiratory diseases, representing 4% of the total. The prefecture informs that it has already hired over 1,015 health professionals, 211 of which are specialist doctors.
Vitória (ES) had 242 absences in December. The municipal administration says that it evaluates each case individually, as there has been an increase of more than 50% in the demand for care for respiratory syndromes. In view of the episode, 166 new servers were hired.
Curitiba (PR) had 47 licenses in the period. In Porto Alegre (RS) there were 348 professionals with some respiratory disease. Some health units in the city are working with reduced teams, increasing the waiting time for consultations.
Campo Grande (MS) counted 137 professionals who had to leave their duties, out of a total of 7,600. With the lag in the number of employees, temporary workers were hired to serve the population.
Cuiabá (MT) had to remove more than 320 servers in January alone. Even with the high number, the city is legally prevented from hiring for a season and is trying to get the release from the Public Ministry. The Municipal Health Department opened a simplified selection process to try to meet the demand.
In the Federal District, there were 146 licenses for Covid-19, 175 for flu and 273 for other respiratory diseases. “The Health Department clarifies that the scales of servers are adjusted so as not to harm the population. In addition, more health professionals have been appointed recently, which reinforces care.”
In Boa Vista (RR) there were 72, being 35 from Basic Health Units (UBSs) and 21 from Hospital da Criança Santo Antônio. The others are from sectors of the Department of Health.
Manaus (AM) removed 48 professionals due to respiratory diseases. In Fortaleza (CE) there are 600 employees on sick leave and 700 in the hospital network.
São Luís (MA) had 200 employees who needed to leave in the last week of December and another 800 until January 12th. The Department of Health is carrying out the relocation of employees and temporary hiring.
In Recife (PE) there are 43 servers with suspicion or confirmation of Covid-19 and another 30 with influenza. The local government says that “it maintains daily monitoring of professionals with flu syndrome, directing immediate testing and indicating the necessary departures. In this way, it has been possible to plan strategies to maintain the quality of care provided to SUS users in Recife”.
Maceió (AL), Salvador (BA), João Pessoa (PB), Teresina (PI), Natal (RN), Aracaju (SE), Belém (PA), Porto Velho (RO), Macapá (AP) and Florianópolis (SC) ) did not respond to the request of the CNN. Goiânia (GO) and Rio Branco (AC) have not yet computed data on absences. Palmas (TO) reported that he cannot make the balance.
Reference: CNN Brasil