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A survey by the National Association of Private Hospitals found that all Brazilian regions have cities with private health institutions with low stock inputs

SANDRO PEREIRA / PHOTOARENA / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 16/01/2021 Hospitals are low on oxygen

A survey released by the National Association of Private Hospitals (Anahp) on Wednesday, 7, shows that the majority of private hospitals in the Brazil is in short supply of necessary supplies to assist patients with Covid-19. In all, 88 health institutions were heard. Of these, 75% reported problems with medication supply and 62.5% have oxygen supply available for just one week. The impending lack of input was reported by hospitals in Belém, Belo Horizonte, Blumenau, Cuiabá, Curitiba, João Pessoa, Porto Alegre and São Paulo. Twenty-three cities in all Brazilian regions have anesthetic stock of less than five days and 27 of them have less than five days of intubation kit stock.

The number of mechanical ventilators is insufficient in nine of the 88 health institutions. According to Anahp, efforts were concentrated so that missing products could be imported with support from the National Health Surveillance Agency. “The association emphasizes that it carries out constant surveys among its members, in order to identify those that present more serious scenarios in relation to the lack of inputs. Thus, it manages to inform the Ministry of Health about the shortage of supplies and contribute to its affiliates ”, says an excerpt from the association’s note. To date, Brazil has registered 11,664,158 new cases of Covid-19 and 340,776 deaths caused by the disease.

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