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18/05/2024 17:57 (UTC)

BRAZIL FLOODS

Floods in southern Brazil put the public health system in check

Porto Alegre, May 18 (EFE).- The floods in southern Brazil have seriously damaged the public health system, with hospitals surrounded by water, patients being transferred in a hurry and the majority of clinics closed due to this climate catastrophe which leaves 155 dead so far.

CAMERA: ALEX MIRKHAN.

STATEMENTS BY CECILIA SOSTER, NURSE IN CHARGE OF THE CAMPAIGN HOSPITAL IN PORTO ALEGRE:

"THIS TENT LOCATED IN PORTO ALEGRE WAS INSTALLED TO CARE FOR THE VOLUME OF LESS SERIOUS PATIENTS REQUIRED (BY THE HEALTH SYSTEM) DUE TO DISPLACEMENT DUE TO FLOODS."

"IN OTHER PLACES HERE IN THE REGION WE HAVE TENTS THAT NEED TO CARE FOR MORE SERIOUS PATIENTS, WITH THE SUPPORT OF AN ICU TO STABILIZE THE PATIENTS."

STATEMENTS BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL FREDERICO FUHRMEISTER, DOCTOR IN CHARGE OF THE ARMY FIELD HOSPITAL IN SAO LEOPOLDO:

"AS THE MUNICIPALITY (SAO LEOPOLDO) RECOVERS ITS CAPACITY TO REACT AND OPENS ITS HEALTH POSTS AND BASIC UNITS, I BELIEVE THAT NATURALLY THERE WILL BE A REDUCTION IN DEMAND FOR THE FIELD HOSPITAL. THEN, IT WILL HAVE FULFILLED ITS MISSION AND CAN BE DEACTIVATED. BUT WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY DAYS THIS COULD TAKE."

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