Video: Ipsemg patients are crammed onto stretchers and chairs in the hallway

Video: Ipsemg patients are crammed onto stretchers and chairs in the hallway
Video: Ipsemg patients are crammed onto stretchers and chairs in the hallway
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Patients are crowded on stretchers and chairs in the Ipsemg corridor | Photo: Video reproduction / Personal archive

Patients crowded into a corridor approximately 30 meters long. Nurses, doctors, nursing technicians and other professionals “squeeze” between the narrow passages to access the sick. Diagnosed with dengue fever, pneumonia, the onset of cerebrovascular accident (CVA), Covid, among others, patients and companions spend the day and night at risk of contracting infections. The chaotic situation occurs right in the center of Belo Horizonte, at the Hospital Governador Israel Pinheiro (Ipsemg), in the midst of the worst dengue epidemic ever experienced by the State. The institute serves employees, retirees of the government of Minas Gerais and their families. While the precariousness of hospitalization takes over, there are around 80 vacant beds on the upper floors, according to professionals who work in the unit. See the video below.

Since Sunday morning (March 31), children of an 86-year-old man have been reporting their humiliation and fear that their father, diagnosed with pneumonia, will leave the health unit worse than when he entered it. “He is hospitalized on a stretcher located below a staircase. I had to clean up the dust, because he has pneumonia and low saturation. It is very humiliating, and around 80% of those hospitalized are elderly”, explained the son, whose identity will be preserved.

Distress for patients, professionals and companions

The man spent the night with his father in the health unit and witnessed outrageous scenes. “It is distressing for patients, companions and professionals. At night, a woman diagnosed with dengue lay down on the floor because she could no longer stand the hard chair. The doctor asked her to get up because of the risk of infection, but she said she couldn’t,” she revealed.

Hygiene conditions, as the man said, are far from ideal. With only two bathrooms to accommodate patients and companions, bathing becomes almost impossible. “Cleaning girls are unable to keep the environment clean due to high demand. We would rather he didn’t take a shower. It’s inhumane, even the person’s privacy is denied”, he says. The family’s hope is to get the elderly person transferred to an affiliated hospital.

Old problem

The president of the Ipsemg Servers Union (Sisipsemg), Antonieta Dorledo, corroborates the perception of the retiree’s children. Hospital overcrowding occurs due to a shortage of professionals. “We have been demanding. It is not new that our number of professionals is far below the needs. Administrations do not meet this demand, which ends up resulting in the closure of beds and the current situation”, explains Antonieta. Data from the Ipsemg portal shows that, in 2021, the institute had 2,356 professionals to serve 839,647 beneficiaries. “A few years ago, we had 6,000 (professionals); Currently, we have just over 2,000. This shows how outdated the picture is. There is a lack of doctors of different specialties, nurses and technicians. Everyone is on edge,” she details. For her, professionals prefer not to work there because of the low salaries.

The exhaustion of health professionals was also noticed by public servant Misael Cangussu, aged 35. In March, he had to stay at Ipsemg for four days. “In addition to having very low platelets, intense dehydration was the reason I was hospitalized. However, in the first few days, I was not even able to receive the serum in a vein. I remember drinking two glasses of water, as I didn’t have the strength to walk to the water fountain. When I questioned a nurse about the delay, she apologized and argued that there were too many patients for too few professionals.”

The public servant waited four hours to have the serum changed. “Whoever arrived at the emergency ward was mixed with us. Dengue and Covid patients together. People sleeping on common chairs. I was very afraid of contracting other diseases, as my immunity was very low,” he reported. For the server, the situation is absurd. “I don’t blame the professionals, as they have been overworked since the pandemic. It is a total disregard of the State towards all of us. It is not possible to say that there is default on the part of the beneficiaries, as the deduction is made on my payroll in advance. My hospitalization, for example, has already been charged. It is a huge investment, but when we need it there is no structure. Complete carelessness,” he explains.

Solidarity in the midst of chaos

In Misael’s case, he was unable to have a companion. The 86-year-old needs this attention from his family. And these are the people who end up helping others. “Doctors, nurses and technicians are stopped all the time. I helped many people, as not everyone has a companion. You need to sort out paperwork, order the medicine. I even shook a lady who was starting to have a heart attack,” said the 86-year-old’s son.

Career plan and shortage of professionals are challenges

To meet all of Ipsemg’s demands, Antonieta demands a public competition. “There was one at the end of last year, but only 280 professionals were called. We went nine years without any competition and, when it came, it was for very few hires.” In addition to the selection test, another point claimed by professionals is the improvement in their career plan.

“Even when there is a public competition, people enter and don’t stay for long, as the salaries are ridiculous. It is the worst salary in the public network. Professionals come in, observe the situation, study, take another exam, pass and leave us. If we don’t solve the career plan, which is our biggest problem, we will be left with a hard time”, ponders the union leader.

For the doctor and former Secretary of Health of Belo Horizonte Jackson Machado, the shortage of professionals in the public health network is a problem at a national level that is caused, precisely, by the lack of a medical career plan. “It has been very difficult to make up, in general, for the lack of professionals. A person invests a lot in medical training in the private education network, for example. After graduating, she will rightly want to recover her investment, but the salaries that public networks pay are insufficient to attract these professionals”.

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