Around 70 people, including members of Health Councils and public servants, participated in the beginning of the “Training for Health Counselors”held in the auditorium of the Court of Auditors of the State of Espírito Santo (TCE-ES), this Wednesday morning (8). The event, which will continue this Thursday (9), was designed to expand the technical knowledge of counselors who work in the area, addressing questions about inspection, approval and monitoring of health actions and services by Councils.
Both state and municipal health advisors were present, as well as managers and employees who work in the public health area. Conducted by the auditor of the Federal District Court of Auditors (TCDF) Tarsila Firmino Ely, the course also sought to encourage the exercise of social control and contribute to the efficient allocation of public resources in this area.
Health councils are bodies whose main task is to assist the Executive Branch in the formation of strategies and control of resources in the area of health. Its members include members of society, professionals in the field, government authorities and service providers, who work on a voluntary basis.
The event was led by the Secretary of External Control for the Evaluation of Public and Social Policies at TCE-ES, Cláudia Mattiello. At the opening, the president of the Court, Rodrigo Chamoun, highlighted that the TCE-ES offers several tools, in the Control Panel, that can assist counselors in control and management.
“Our tools meet three objectives. First, social control, because citizens can access the most varied topics in a friendly way. Secondly, it helps the manager of finance, health, or the mayor, to have reliable, regular and structured information to make the best decisions. And to the auditors, who with these diagnoses can formulate better audit trails, to define what to inspect”, he highlighted.
Still welcoming the participants, the director of the TCE-ES School of Accounts, counselor Luiz Carlos Ciciliotti, spoke a little about his career as a public health professional and health activist, even before the emergence of the SUS.
“The role of Health Councils in decentralizing SUS actions, controlling compliance with its principles and promoting population participation in its management is very important, as they are consultative and deliberative bodies. This is an opportunity for you to further improve your knowledge in the area, seeking to strengthen the councils.”
The coordinator of the External Control Center for Evaluation and Monitoring of Public Health Policies (NSaúde) at TCE-ES, Maytê Aguiar, praised the presence of health counselors in this training, considering that the course they take will be another measure to contribute for better quality public policies.
“This is the first time that the Court of Auditors has held an event aimed at special people, like you. They are people who donate to society the most precious thing we have, our time. You dedicate your lives so that other lives are saved. If there is no work from the Department of Health, its team, the counselors, the server making the regulations, the minutes of the price regime so that the input gets there, the doctor and the nurse do not work with the patients. You work to ensure that the SUS is on its feet”, highlighted the auditor.
“In health, unlike all public policies, the admission of errors is minimal. If someone makes a mistake in recording prices, the medicine does not arrive and a life could be lost. I would like to express my satisfaction in being with you”, she concluded.
Afterwards, the instructor Tarsila Firmino Ely started the course schedule.
In the program, there was contextualization about the history of public health in Brazil, the concepts of the Unified Health System (SUS), its principles and guidelines, and also the levels of care.
Content was also presented on reference, counter-reference and matrix support in health systems, regulation, SUS resources, indicators, planning instruments and the role of Social Control in the SUS.
“You are co-managers of health. You can work, plan and propose indicators that will indicate your needs. For me to implement a Unified Health System, I need the health council to also be effective”, he defended.
She pointed out that Council members must be aligned and articulated in order to face local problems, prioritizing the participatory planning process, because, above all, this entity demands an immediate and concrete response from the SUS.
“This training began eight years ago, in the Federal District, considering that health counselors are ordinary people, from the population, who may not have completed postgraduate studies on the subject, and are not managers. The aim is to listen to problems and create demands together, to discuss possible solutions”, explained Tarsila.
The course will include a certificate for participants, which can be collected from the 13th, on the Escola de Contas Portal.
Source: COURT OF ACCOUNTS ES