Brasilia Agency

The Federal District has received 10,000 dengue fever tests and is expected to receive another 30,000 by the end of May. The information was transmitted by the Deputy Secretary of Health, Pedro Zancanaro, during a press conference held this Thursday (19).

GDF task force inspects homes across DF for mosquito larvae that transmit dengue fever; the population must remain engaged in the fight against Temples of the Egyptians | Photo: Tony Winston/Agência Saúde

However, the doctor stressed that a positive test is not necessary to start treatment at the Basic Health Units (UBS), which are ready to respond to demand. “In the situation of many cases and compatible picture, the diagnosis is made clinically,” he explained. “It’s not like Covid-19, in which testing is essential to define the next steps”, he reinforced.

The assistant secretary also said that the next quick index survey for the Temples of the Egyptians in the Federal District (Liraa), with data from April, should show an improvement in the number of properties with mosquito larvae. With the onset of cold weather, “the trend is for less mosquito proliferation from June,” he said.

“At the end of last year, we had a sharp increase in (flu) cases; We want to prevent this scenario from happening again.
General Manoel Pafiadache, Secretary of Health

The Secretary of Health, General Manoel Pafiadache, recalled that the population must still remain engaged in the fight against Temples of the Egyptians, since more than 90% of the places with the presence of larvae and mosquitoes are residences. Even with the hundreds of environmental monitoring teams, the partnership with firefighters, the army and other institutions, and the use of 13 smoke bombs, only the involvement of the inhabitants can prevent the spread of dengue fever. “It’s the only way to win this war,” he said.


During the press conference, the Health Secretary also warned of the need to adhere to the flu vaccination campaign, currently reserved for priority audiences, which includes the elderly from the age of 60 and children up to 4 years, 11 months and 29 days. “At the end of last year, we had a big increase in cases; We want to prevent this scenario from happening again,” he warned.

“Vaccination is the main way to prevent aggravation, especially among the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and children,” said the head of the Center for Strategic Information on Health Surveillance of the Federal District (Cievs -DF), Priscilleyne Reis. She also informed that those who received the vaccine late last year should request the new dose, as the current campaign protects against new variants of the virus.

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elective surgeries

The Health Secretary has also briefed on task forces to carry out elective surgeries in public hospitals. Last week, the Asa Norte Regional Hospital carried out 35% more operations than its usual production. At the Materno Infantil Hospital in Brasília, the rate reached was 60%. “It gave us a result more than 10% higher than normal in a week,” the secretary pointed out. He added that the plan is to intensify the work in the coming weeks.

*With information from the Ministry of Health

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