State Health Secretaries urge support of Congress, in measures to reduce traffic accidents

No Brasil, around 45 thousand people lose their lives in traffic accidents, annually.
24/08/2016 15h11 - Updated 24/08/2016 15h11
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The impact of traffic accidents in the Unified Health System (THEIR) is worrying the industry officials. Gathered in Brasilia (DF), state health secretaries decided to ask the support of the National Congress, through the Council representing the, Conass, to place the issue on the agenda and discuss proposals that make stricter punishments provided for in the National Traffic Code.

Discussions on this topic took place on Wednesday (24), during the 8th Assembly of the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass). Present at the event, the state Secretary of Health, Pedro Elias de Souza, said that costs related to care for victims of traffic accidents, not Amazonas, already reached the amount of R $ 400 millions, per annum. These costs are included, among others, spending on removing serious inner patients, in air ICUs, surgery, hospitalizations in Intensive Care Units, implantation of prostheses and rehabilitation of the patient. According to him, the Amazon are held, monthly, near 400 orthopedic surgery, the vast majority due to traffic accidents.

No Brasil, around 45 thousand people lose their lives in traffic accidents, annually. This is the third leading cause of death in the country. "The numbers are very worrying and represent, mainly, the suffering of thousands of families who lost their relatives, most often still young and productive age ", he said.

Pedro Elias points out that traffic violence is a problem that generates costs that account for up to 3% Gross Domestic Product (START) world. He points out that there have been periods when 55% the occupation of ICU beds Hospital and Emergency Room João Lúcio, main reference for the care of trauma, They were occupied by traffic accident victims.

Meeting with Minister
In addition to meeting the Conass, Secretary Peter Elias had two meetings with the Minister of Health, Ricardo Barros, this Wednesday, to address issues that are already being conducted by folder: increasing the ceiling for medium and high complexity in the region, which is below the rest of the country, and the release of pending enabling ordinances and that means more resources for health, not been.

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