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Lula confirms that vaccination of children will be mandatory for Bolsa Família

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) confirmed this Monday (6) that vaccination of children will be mandatory for families who enroll in Bolsa Família, as well as school attendance.

“Bolsa Família returns with something important: constraints. First, children up to 6 years old will receive R$ 150 reais more; second; the children have to be at school, otherwise the mother loses help; third; the child has to be vaccinated, if he does not have a vaccination certificate, the mother loses the benefit; fourth, if the mother is pregnant, she has to do all the tests that medicine requires, ”she said.

Auxílio Brasil, which replaced Bolsa Família in the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL), removed the obligation of school enrollment.

The speech was made during the inauguration event of the Super Centro Carioca de Saúde, in the neighborhood of Benfica, in Rio de Janeiro, with the presence of the Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, the governor Cláudio Castro and of First Lady Janja.

Also on Monday, an investment of R$ 600 million was announced to support states and municipalities in reducing the queue for surgeries, exams and consultations in the Unified Health System (SUS). The measure is part of the National Policy for Reducing Queues for Elective Surgery.

Criticism of vaccine denialism and the return of Zé Gotinha

During the inauguration, Lula stressed the importance of access to health specialists, especially for the poorest population.

He highlighted the role of SUS in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, classifying employees as “true heroes”. In addition, he criticized denialism against vaccines, saying that the last government “is responsible for more than half of the people who died”.

“I had never imagined that a President of the Republic would be capable of blatantly lying about the benefits of the vaccine, involving religion, involving the poorest people, saying that if people took the vaccine it would become this or that, that is, there was no lie that was not told. to prevent people from not getting vaccinated,” he noted.

Thus, he highlighted the importance of the vaccination campaign, as did the Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade: “It’s Zé Gotinha back”.

queue reduction

The National Policy for Reducing Queues for Elective Surgery is one of the government’s priorities to reduce patient waiting times for procedures that were dammed, mainly, during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the government, the resource was made possible by the Transition PEC.

The program will initially offer BRL 200 million, starting in February, to encourage the organization of mutirões across the country to relieve the dammed demand. The remainder, approximately R$ 400 million, will be transferred according to the production of surgeries performed, mainly abdominal, orthopedic and ophthalmological.

The action also provides strategies to ensure complete surgical teams and improve the flow of care in the country. Each state will be able to establish the priority surgeries, according to the local reality.

The second phase, expected to take place between April and June 2023, includes diagnostic tests and specialized consultations, focusing on oncological treatments.

Another dimension of the program is aimed at improving queue management processes and the flow of care for users and qualification of primary care.

Each state and the Federal District will have to deliver an opinion with the real local demand for surgeries, as well as a plan to execute the queue reduction program, so that the release of resources is stipulated.

According to the Ministry of Health, states and municipalities must present the number of procedures performed and size the reduction.

At this Monday’s event, Daniel Soranz, Secretary of Health for Rio de Janeiro, said that they will “zero the queue of the regulatory system for ophthalmology by July of this year”.

In addition, as the secretary added, starting in the second half of this year, the entire ophthalmological queue in the state of Rio de Janeiro will be zeroed. More than 16,000 services will be provided — 8,000 for residents of the capital alone.

*with information from Carolina Farias, from CNN

Source: CNN Brasil

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