Research says that pregnant women find SUS exams insufficient to microcephaly

In particular network, the percentage of pregnant women who would like to have done more ultrasound tests for diagnosis of microcephaly is also high (43%).
09/08/2016 14h19 - Updated 9/08/2016 14h19
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Research on the relationship between the Zika virus and the rights of women reveals that 70% of pregnant accompanied by the Unified Health System (THEIR) They would like to have done more ultrasound tests to microcephaly detection in their babies. The matter was discussed today (9) in São Paulo, during an event organized by the Patrícia Galvão Institute.

The poll of 3.758 women, and 3.155 pregnant, 466 women trying to conceive and 137 who intend to become pregnant soon. The questionnaires were distributed between June and July this year.

Maíra Saruê Machado, researcher at the Institute Locomotive, He explained that online questionnaires led to a sample with education above the average population, listening, therefore, women with greater access to information.

In particular network, the percentage of pregnant women who would like to have done more ultrasound tests for diagnosis of microcephaly is also high (43%).

"It is a moment of tension enough. They want to see the size of the baby's head. Since there is no availability in the SUS, They end up paying to the private network. We see that, in Zika epidemic, is not secondary facilitate access to examinations ", said the researcher.

Besides that, 60% of pregnant women admitted being afraid to take the exam and ultrasound to find out that the baby has microcephaly. "That is why, the time of the ultrasound is so important. It is when they see the size of the baby's head. It has enough anguish and anxiety. Doctors are lacking in service ", said Maira. The survey also indicated that 90% of pregnant women would like to do a test that can detect whether it had or has the Zika virus during pregnancy.

Basic sanitation
According to the researcher, the problem of sanitation in Brazil generates much impact on the reproduction of the mosquito vector Zika virus. Among the interviewed, 56% They said live next to a vacant lot and 26% They have a dirty stream near their homes.

The survey also revealed that women disagree with the way the government treats the subject, as 64% They understand that the right would use the resource spent with advertisements about the disease to, actually, solve the sanitation problem. Women heard, 76% They think the government blames the population by the epidemic, even when there is no garbage collection and piped water in certain locations.

"How to charge the woman with care vessels with standing water, if the authorities do not take care of providing the neighborhoods where they live sanitation and garbage collection? Our mission is to advocate for women to have a voice. This research shows that. The media has to talk about their reproductive rights, economic autonomy. This has to do with Zika. We can not unlink the epidemic of social issues ", said Linda Goulart, UN Women.

Source: Agency Brazil

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