Brazil is one of those countries that is full of diseases. While Brazil doesn’t hold the exclusive on being a disease prone society, it does rank high on the list of countries that have more than their fair share of mosquito-borne diseases as well as other medical conditions that impact the lives of adults and children. Dr. Sergio Cortes is one of the physicians in Brazil that is trying to reduce mosquito-borne diseases, according to an article published by Extra.Globo.com.
A Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission Control (PCT) has been established in Brazil. Some of the diseases that have been earmarked for the PCT program include cysticercosis, onchocerciasis, foodborne trematode infections, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), and soil-transmitted helminthiasis, according to the Dr. Cortes official website.
Dr. Cortes tried to set up a local program similar, but different, from PCT that addressed mosquito-borne viruses while he was the Director of the State Ministry of Health in Rio de Janeiro. Setting up a program that reduces dengue, chikungunya, malaria and yellow fever isn’t easy in Brazil, according to a Dr. Cortes tweet. There so many moving parts in mosquito-borne viruses that are uncontrollable.
The goal was to set up sanitary hygiene procedures and educational courses that stressed environmental management, and waste removal as well as an extensive mosquito eradication program. The cost of that sort of program was not in the federal budget, according to a Dr. Cortes tweet. So the overall health condition in the poor rural and city communities in Brazil continues to deteriorate. A good example of that deterioration was the recent Zika virus outbreak that started in the poor Northeastern region of Brazil. The towns located around the city of Recife were ravished by the Zika virus, and the Brazilian Ministry of Health wasn’t prepared for the rapid spread of the disease, according to Dr. Cortes.
Even though CrunchBase.com lists Dr. Cortes as the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz in Rio de Janeiro, he is still very active in viral infection control and the State Ministry of Health in Rio. Dr. Cortes thinks an educational program as well as more federal funding could get the mosquito-borne diseases under control in the regions that are the epicenters for a viral outbreak. But trying to get more funding in Brazil is difficult. The government recognizes what it must do, but the budget to do it won’t be approved because of the recession.
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