Sergio Cortes visited Xerem recently. During the visit, the government promised to create a Hydration Center for Dengue fever victims with a capacity to serve over 300 people per day.
The area has had a problem with garbage disposal which has now been aggravated by water contamination and overcrowding. This factor tremendously increases the chances for quick spread of water-borne diseases such as leptospirosis, diarrhea, and hepatitis A. Congestion can lead to the spread of chicken pox and meningitis as noted by Secretary Sergio Cortes.
The Health Department (SES) has been taking all measures to stop the spread of these diseases. The government has promised to support the municipal leadership in dealing with the garbage problem. When the Dr.Sergio met with Camillo Junquiera and Conceicao Mendonca, who are responsible for the municipal health department and coordinating National Health Taskforce respectively. They decided to work towards giving a calamity kit to the region of Caxias and over 3000 antibiotic tablets to deal with leptospirosis disease.
Government at both levels local and national, are prepared for the worst but hoping for the best. The residents have been getting training in ways to identify symptoms of diseases early to avert outbreaks. Medical teams on the ground tested the drinking water and found high levels of contaminants in the drinking water. In disinfecting the water, the area residents have been supplied with over 10000 bottles of a disinfecting solution called sodium hypochlorite which kills germs.
The Xerem area experiences these calamities more often than other regions due to its unsuitable topography. The government is urging the area residents who have been displaced and are now living in shelters together with those who are in their homes to use bottled water for drinking and for preparing food. The government is determined to educate and sensitize the area residents as preventions are always better than cure.
Cortes visit is welcomed and is a show of solidarity with many residents of Xerem. He is urging well-wishers who would like to donate food and shelter to the flood victims not to forget to give bottled drinking water. Dr.Sergio Cortes is a widely renowned doctor and a graduate of Harvard Business School.
This article has been recapped from extra.globo.com .