After 54 Deaths Brazilian Army Goes to the Streets to Fight Dengue

    Brazil Armed Forces fight dengue

    Brazil Armed Forces fight dengue The Armed Forces of Brazil have joined the fight against dengue fever in Rio do Janeiro, Monday, March 31, setting up three field hospitals to combat an epidemic that has already caused 54 deaths in 2008 and has surged to 1.4 new cases each minute.

    State health officials say the field hospitals should help ease the shortage of hospital beds and take some of the pressure off emergency rooms packed with victims of the mosquito-borne disease.

    Rio de Janeiro state, home to 16 million people, has seen more than 45,000 cases of dengue since January, compared to 25,107 cases in all of 2007, government officials say. Smaller outbreaks of the disease in Ceará, Pará and São Paulo states have brought the number of cases to more than 70,000 nationally so far this year.

    Dengue causes high fevers, severe headaches and joint pains but is not usually fatal. More than half of the 54 fatalities this year have been children under 13 years of age. But more than 60 reported deaths, including that of three children over the weekend, are still under investigation.

    Brazil had more than half of the 900,782 cases of dengue in the Americas last year, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Of the hemisphere's 317 deaths, 158 happened in Brazil, including 31 in Rio state.

    Treating victims has been complicated by a shortage of pediatricians. On Monday, Rio de Janeiro Health Secretary Sergio Cortes requested 154 pediatricians from other states to help out with the epidemic. The state's hospital system in Rio do Janeiro already insufficient has simply collapsed as a consequence of the epidemic.

    The military sanitary display includes 1.200 doctors and support staff which are working round the clock in the field hospitals set up by the three services with a total of 140 beds.

    Hundreds of soldiers are also in the streets with fumigation equipments to combat the de Aedes Aegypti mosquito and larvae which prosper in the stagnant waters of tropical Rio and its poor drainage and sewage systems.

    There are no vaccines for dengue and patients must be treated with oral or intravenous drugs.

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    • João da Silva

      Ch.c
      [quote]”our military personnel perform their tasks quietly and efficiently! “[/quote]

      That was a long lecture, Ch.c. But our FAB people do things well WHEN they are given free hands. I am not going to explain further since you know what I am talking about and the causes for our problems when you correctly said:

      [quote]WHEN INEFFIENCY REIGNS AT THE TOP OF A COUNTRY, INEFFIENCY CANNOT BE BETTER AT THE OTHER LOWER LEVELS. [/quote]

      What results do you expect when the country turns out into a “Ditadura” of the unions,fully supported by the TOP? 😉

    • ch.c.

      “our military personnel perform their tasks quietly and efficiently! ”
      Ohhh yesssss.
      Are you telling us that by now that after several of your military interventions, YEARLY for the last 20 years, Brazil has finally a crime rate just equal to the average of your neighbouring countries, or the average of all emerging countries ????
      Average…is a “fair” “satifactory” rate.
      But average doesnt mean good…by definition ! right ?

      Let me have a strong doubt about your “efficient” army !!!

      Same for the Minustah in Haiti :
      – Under a Brazilian command and with 80 % of brazilians soldiers. Right.?
      Well….the abductions totalled 60 in less than 90 days since January of this year.
      Or around the same rate of 2 years ago !
      Killings from criminals are booming again there.
      Insecurity is the norm there….not the exception….despite several years of “quiet and efficient Brazilian army interventions”

      Is that what you call “the gender of the Angels, our military personnel perform their tasks quietly and efficiently! ” ?????

      Not suprised then that very little is efficient in Brazil, except your bureaucracy size not quality, corruptions at all government levels from bottom to top, and one of the world highest crime rate….despite your apparent quiet and efficient army intervention over several decades !

      Joao could you please name :
      – 5 or more countries, developed or not, with a higher crime rate than Brazil ?
      – 5 or more countries, developed or not, having had(have/have so many army interventions over the years, to not even reduce the crime rate ?. Because like it or not, your crime rate has not gone down over the years. It even has far more than tripled despite your several yearly army “quiet and efficient” interventions…over 30 years.

      I am impatient to read your answer(s)

      If I am not too wrong I can also say :
      – When your police dept cant handle the crime due to their inefficiency, your army become in charge, with as much inneficiency.
      – When your Health dept cant handle the illness of an additional 45000 citizens in a city of 16 millions, the army become in charge.
      Yess….1200 army doctors and staff in a 3 shifts….with 140 beds also means that patients dont even sleep one day or night….in a bed. But the patients per day/bed is high.
      Strange that in a city of 16 millions, 140 beds in hospitals/clinics CANNOT BE FOUND or added IN CASE OF URGENCY and that as the article says “The state’s hospital system in Rio do Janeiro already insufficient has simply collapsed as a consequence of the epidemic”

      Have you never read on MANY other occasions Robin the Crook and his 4000 thieves of how Brazilian hospitals and healthcare given to their society is….HIGHLY DEVELOPED ????

      This gang is not only full of crooks and thieves, but full of liars too !
      They just prove it….once more !
      WHEN INEFFIENCY REIGNS AT THE TOP OF A COUNTRY, INEFFIENCY CANNOT BE BETTER AT THE OTHER LOWER LEVELS.

      You can even see that in the USA :
      – the government has huge deficits due to their addiction to spending AND so do most of the various agencies, states, cities, municipalities…… down to…..THE CONSUMERS.
      😉 😀 😉

    • João da Silva

      Simpleton
      [quote] FAB reps that arrived this week for meetings asserted things in line with your postulate JDS. Good intel work there OM.
      [/quote]

      It always works this way. When the elected officials are trying to discover the gender of the Angels, our military personnel perform their tasks quietly and efficiently!

    • Simpleton

      Confirmed
      FAB reps that arrived this week for meetings asserted things in line with your postulate JDS. Good intel work there OM.

    • João da Silva

      After 54 Deaths Brazilian Army Goes to the Streets to Fight Dengue
      According to what I see and read in the media, it is the Air Force and not the Army that has set up makeshift clinics (in tents) in Rio to treat the ones affected by the fever.The Air Force personnel seem to be on the job and my congrats to them.

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