Sergio Cortes is the secretary of health in Brazil and on last Sunday morning he went to Xerém, Duque de Caxias in order to do give aid to the areas that were most affected by the by the flood. Extraglobo did an interview with him and he talked about the plans that are underway to deliver assistance in the areas that are most affected. They are setting up centers for re-hydration in Xerém, Duque de Caxias and these centers have been in operation since Sunday the 15th. In these centers there are 12 different chairs for IVs, and aid workers are able to help 300 people a day.
Dr. Cortes mentioned on sergiocortesofficial that workers are hoping for the best and expecting the worst because there are huge amounts of aged garbage in the city. Because of the trash, there is more of a risk for the spread of Dengue. Dr. Cortes met with the municipal health secretary of Xerém, Duque de Caxias, and they are planning on delivering more help to the area along with 3000 antibiotic tablets to prevent the spread of leptospirosis. The department of health has been sending out surveillance teams with the aim of preventing the spread of diseases that are easily spread by contaminated water. These diseases could include the following: hepatitis A, diarrhea, and leptospirosis. There are also diseases that could be spread through contact such as chickenpox and meningitis.
There are shelters that have been set up all around the town and they are distributing bottled water. When it comes to hygiene, there are asking those individuals that are in nearby cities to help with the donation of bottled water as well. There are individuals that have signed up for training in order to help aid workers to identify symptoms of serious diseases with the hopes of preventing serious outbreaks. Cortes is an individual on crunchbase that is very concerned with the health and well being of the people that live in Xerém, and for that reason he is taking all measures possible to ensure that the citizens living in Xerém have access to the best health care possible.