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Ministry of Health sets up task force to match distribution of the ‘intubation kit’ – Prime Time Zone

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According to the ministry’s secretary, the ‘Breathing Mission’ seeks to equalize the delivery of medicines to the public and private network; association warns that inputs could run out in six days

MATEUS BONOMI / AGIF – PHOTOGRAPHY AGENCY / ESTADÃO CONTENTAccording to the National Association of Private Hospitals, there are medications for another five or six days

The expansion of beds to cope with the increase in hospitalization by Covid-19 in the country brought to light a worrying reality: the demand for medicines used in ICUs has also grown and there are no long-term stocks. The lack of inputs is already registered in some states. Earlier this week the Federal Police of Roraima red-handed a pharmacy clerk who tried to sell atracurium besylate – used to relax muscles in hospitalizations for intensive care and restricted hospital use, for R $ 3,500 for a family.

In a public hearing held on Tuesday, 30, by the Commission to confront Covid-19 in Chamber of Deputies, entities linked to hospitals reported concern about the stocks of the so-called “intubation kit”. According to the National Association of Private Hospitals, there are medications for another five or six days. The same situation reported by the Confederation of Santas Casas and Philanthropic Hospitals, whose stocks, according to the vice president, are sufficient for the next four days. Charged, the secretary of specialized health care of the Ministry of Health, Colonel Luiz Franco Duarte, said that the government has set up a task force called ‘Breathing Mission’ that has among its actions an effort to balance deliveries to the public and private network, which, according to him, would be unequal. “Many industries are making voluntary deliveries and contracts available to the Ministry of Health so that we can equalize this distribution,” he said.

Representatives of Brazilian industries also participated in the audience. All reported that they were operating at maximum production capacity. On the issue of importing medicines, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has been easing standards, but hospitals are still struggling. That is why new measures must be announced. “Anvisa is producing a referral that resolves this issue. I would not like to anticipate what is the best solution for us, promoting a collegiate board resolution or making some internal procedure more flexible that makes importation feasible, ”he said. The high demand in the State of São Paulo was placed at the hearing as the main driver of the imbalance in the rest of the country. According to a note from the state health department of São Paulo, the State received from the federal government, this weekend, 65,770 ampoules of neuroblockers and anesthetics, which corresponds to only 1.9% of the monthly demand to the public network.

* With information from reporter Carolina Abelin

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