The Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade, announced this Thursday (1) the launch of an Emergency Operations Center to control the dengue epidemic in Brazil. During a tripartite meeting at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in Brasília, Nísia made a request for national mobilization by states and municipalities.
“I want to make a public call here for the unity of the entire country at this time. to protect our population and to prevent, since we know that most outbreaks [do Aedes aegypti], more than 75%, is found in homes”, he said. “Only with this union can we move towards protecting our population from this dengue fever and, possibly, other arboviruses.”
The best way to combat dengue is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Photo: Arte/EBC – Art/EBC
At the opening of the meeting, the minister once again said that vaccination against dengue cannot be seen as a solution to the epidemic due to the limited number of Qdenga doses provided by the manufacturing laboratory. Another critical point of immunization highlighted by Nísia is the non-indication of the vaccine for the elderly, the group most affected by severe forms of dengue.
“The vaccine is hope, it is a fundamental instrument, but it is not an answer to a time of crisis,” he said. “It’s time to prevent and take care. Dengue is a disease for which the Unified Health System (SUS) can operate efficiently, preventing deaths. This has to be our keynote at this moment”, she concluded.