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About R $ 221 million is made available to care for patients with obesity, diabetes and hypertension

The resources will expand care and assistance for individuals with chronic non-communicable diseases


About R $ 221 million is made available to care for patients with obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Nov 8, Brasilia: The Ministry of Health allocated more than R $ 221 million to increase care and early care for people with chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Unified Health System (SUS) during the fight against Covid-19. The measure was published in Ordinance No. 2,994, in the Federal Official Gazette (DOU).


The goal is to strengthen primary health care (PHC) for patients with diabetes mellitus, systemic arterial hypertension and obesity, through the identification and registration of these users, prioritizing therapeutic assistance and promoting health in communities.



To this end, the Ministry of Health has prepared documents that guide managers and health professionals in the organization of care for these patients.



“The current moment has placed us in the face of great challenges, including the incidence of increased deaths in the face of chronic patients. Moments like this demand creativity and actions to overcome old obstacles, and that is what we seek with the ordinance, which comes to induce and strengthen early care for these people in Primary Care ”, says the secretary of Primary Health Care, Raphael Parente.


The resources are also aimed at preventing coronavirus transmission and prioritizing care for these patients, due to the increased risk of worsening symptoms of the disease and the increased chances of complications.


According to the director of the Health Promotion Department, Juliana Rezende, the funds should be used for actions that increase adherence to treatment during this period, taking into account the local organization, social vulnerabilities, risk stratification and available logistical resources.



“This will help to reduce the chances of unfavourable clinical outcomes and ensure the clinical stability of these people”, highlights Juliana.




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