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Dengue continues to make sacrifices in Minas Gerais. Disease deaths have already reached 21, seven more than the last epidemiological bulletin published by the Ministry of Health (SES / MG) on this month. It should be noted that this does not mean that there have been cases in this timeframe. The situation may be worse. Another 66 deaths are being investigated. The number of probable cases – including confirmed and suspicious cases – already exceeds 165,800.
The dengue epidemic spreads rapidly through Minas Gerais. Eight out of the total number of deaths in Uberlândia in Triângulo Mineiro. Betim has already experienced 7 deaths in the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area. Unai, in the northwest of Minas, has two deaths. Already Arcos, in the Midwest, Paracat, Northwest Region, Frutal, Triangle and Ibirite, in the Great BH, have one death.
Among the cities suffering from this disease is Contagem, in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte. According to the City Hall, 1,559 cases have been confirmed and another 13,425 are in the investigation. There is no confirmation of death in the village, but three deaths are being investigated.
According to an epidemiological bulletin published by SES, the disease is increasing every month, reaching 165,853 records. There were 17,368 probable cases in January. February plus 34,397, March, 69,395. In April, they are considered to be the worst stage of the diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti and are already 44 693.
In the last four weeks, 188 cities have had a high or very high incidence of probable dengue cases, an epidemic. Another 109 municipalities have an average incidence in the given period, except 280 with a low incidence.
Last week, Governor of Rome Zema declared a public health emergency due to dengue. Of the 301 municipalities covered by the Emergency Ordinance, 46.8% have a high or very high incidence of probable cases. The decree is justified by the significant increase in hospitalization for disease treatment compared to last year, as well as the need to prepare and put in place a network of health services to increase patient care and supervision.
With the decree it will be possible to mobilize resources in a more agile way to deal with Aedes aegypti and structure the care services for people infected with the virus that causes the disease. The text of the decree points out that an epidemic in the context of state financial constraints can lead to a collapse of public health as a result of increased demand for units. According to a publication signed by the governor, the crisis situation is valid for 120 days and approves the adoption of measures necessary to prevent the epidemic, "in particular the public procurement of supplies and materials and the conclusion of service contracts necessary to ensure the emergency situation".
The state government announced that, through a resolution, the Ministry of Health allocated $ 4.18 million to dengue action, initially considering 93 prefectures. Funds are invested in actions such as strengthening personnel costs (including recruiting agents for endemic control and training for hospital care professionals) and costs and maintaining activities such as creating and reproducing information materials, promoting mobilization actions and clearing priority areas.
Municipalities receive values that face an increase in disease by population. Up to 25,000 inhabitants, transfer is $ 20,000; from 25,001 to 70,000 inhabitants, R $ 40,000; from 70,001 to 100,000 inhabitants, 70,000 USD; from 100 001 to 400 000 inhabitants, 200 000 USD; and over 400 thousand inhabitants, R $ 400 thousand.