Santo Andre’s Health Minister, Gilvan Junior, said in an interview with RDTF One of the administration’s main goals by the end of 2023 is to increase the coverage of the family health program to 85% of the population. According to Gilvan, there are currently 55 teams serving residents, but by November that number will double to 111 and is expected to rise even further by 2024.
“We have that expansion as our main goal,” Gilvan says. “We went from a coverage rate of 42% to 70%, and our goal now is to double that initial number, with more prevention and care to keep people from getting sick.” Another goal of the administration is to integrate The entire public network, with greater transparency and speed in procedures. He highlights that “our goal is to provide good and efficient service to provide a better quality of life.”
What has contributed to this issue is the Santo Andre 500 Years Project, which has already heard from about 3,500 residents about the possible improvements that should be made in the city by 2053, which also included demands in the field of health. Research and developmentSecretary of Strategic Planning and Licensing of the Municipality of Santo André, Acaccio Miranda, highlights that the teams are working on capturing suggestions for improvements, some of which have already achieved results.
“In general, public health is one of the topics most requested and criticized by residents, but this is not what we observed in Santo Andre,” he says. According to the Secretary, the topic was one of the best topics evaluated in the city, with particular praise for the latest mechanisms applied in the municipality, such as: remote consultations and the various joint efforts inherent in the exams.
Acacio comments that the goal now is to expand the services offered in the city. “Among the aspects that were highlighted in the field of health, we had a lot of demands: Why is there such a service in the unit and it has not reached me? This shows a positive path, that the service is working. We now want to expand the strategies so that this kind of Activity to more and more health units.
Today, consultations take about 30 to 40 days in the city, while exams, despite recording longer queues, are gradually shortening the period as well. “This is another point we must improve until next month (November), we will enter into this standard of 30-40 days to implement measures,” says Gilvan, adding that in the integrated work of the secretariats, the goal is the same: to ensure a better quality of life for the residents of André. .
Another proposal presented to health that is still under study between departments is to improve the supply of vaccines in general in health units. “Some suggestions have been made aimed at expanding the service and also providing vaccines, but nothing specifically. “What they want is for everyone to be vaccinated at the same time, almost like a preventive medicine approach,” Acacio says.
Gilvan reiterates that to meet this type of demand, the city is already working to provide “D-Day” vaccinations, mostly offering multiple vaccinations at the city’s 34 basic health units. “In one of our recent actions, more than three thousand people went to the health units, and 30% of them had already had their health records updated. So we see that the campaigns have reached the city and changed people’s lives.”
Despite the improvements already registered in the municipality, Acacio says that the goal of the 500-year-old Santo André project is to reach smaller and smaller areas and meet the requirements in ongoing work. “The desires of residents are always changing, and so is the concept of the city, which changes over time. Therefore, our idea is to continue listening and meet as many demands as possible.
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