Public Health
22.02.2013

Army reinforces for 30 days fighting the dengue epidemic in Goiania

Data from the Municipal Health indicate that Goiânia notified until February 16, 17,195 dengue cases

Foto: Governo de Goiânia
Army soldier during combat dengue in Goiania. Estimate is being made 16,000 home visits
Army soldier during combat dengue in Goiania. Estimate is being made 16,000 home visits

The Army will assign 90 men to help fight dengue epidemic in Goiânia (GO). Director of Health Surveillance of the capital of Goiás, Fluvia Amorim, said that strengthening starts next Monday (25) and must include actions to control mosquito and also care for patients with suspected disease.

She said 60 soldiers from the Special Operations Brigade will be responsible for combating the proliferation of the mosquito Aedes aegypti in homes. The estimated 16,000 home visits to the city this month.

The presence of an army soldier helps us. We have some places where it is difficult to enter the home agent. People think they do not need, that the house is clean. Thus, we have more strength and visibility in actions explained Fluvia.

Over 30 men will work in guiding the patients seeking basic health units with symptoms of dengue, performing administrative duties such as typing and record sheets. In addition, four tents will be set up next to local health care with observation beds and armchairs hydration.

The 90 men assigned by the Army were trained last week, between 13 and 15, and will remain in office for at least 30 days. The shares will be implemented in the southwestern region of Goiânia and centers of comprehensive health care (Pier) in Campinas, John Christmas, Ciams Novo Horizonte and service centers full of health care (Ciams) Jardim America. Already the tents will be installed at Wharf neighborhoods Goiás, Curitiba and Ciams Garden Uriah America and Magellan.

Data from the Municipal Health indicate that Goiânia notified until the last 16 days, 17,195 dengue cases. In the full year 2012 were 13,197 reported cases of illness and 32 deaths in the city. The director noted that, historically, the council confirmed between 80% and 90% of reported cases. No death from dengue was confirmed this year, but at least nine deaths are being investigated.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL