Brasilia, Oct 16 – A total of 1,020 health professionals from the More Doctors Program are now providing services to more than 3.5 million Brazilians in the poorest parts of the country with the lowest Human Development Index.
The doctors are both Brazilian and foreign; part of the first group of doctors that responded to the call made last July by President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, to ensure primary health care for all citizens.
A Health Ministry report said that another 237 specialists are waiting for their registration in order to begin working, extending this service to another 817,000 people.
Sixty-one percent of the more than 3.5 million Brazilians in the entire country live in towns in the north and northeast, where until September this year, there were no doctors, the report revealed.
Pleased with this result, the Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha noted that the performance of these professionals has already begun to make a difference, with cities where the amount of medical assistance immediately doubled with the arrival of professionals from the program.
“We expect to increase the total number of people serving in the regions that most need it,” he said, recalling that another group of 2,597 doctors will stast work later this month. “When these specialists, currently participating in seminars and conferences on the national health system and practice of the Portuguese language, begin their work, another nine million Brazilians will have guaranteed medical care,” he emphasized.
Most of the health professionals in the More Doctors Program are Cuban specialists in primary health care.
The participation of Cuban doctors will reach the figure of 4,000 before year’s end, as part of the agreement signed between Brazil’s Health Ministry and the Pan America Health Organization.
Source: Prensa Latina