As the 2016 Olympic Games are approaching, Rio de Janeiro is in health emergency state seven months before the games.
It seems that the path leading to the Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro is a hurdling one. Just recently, an investigation was launched by the Attorney General of Brazil. The investigation targets companies, politicians and corruption cases involving huge bribes in the case of permits and constructions for the Olympic Games of 2016.
In addition, Rio de Janeiro is in health emergency state seven months before the Olympic Games. Rio de Janeiro’s health sector has entered a state of emergency. Luiz Fernando Pezão, the governor of Brazil and Alberto Beltrame, the state secretary of health signed the declaration announcing that Rio’s health sector is in an emergency situation.
This means that Rio de Janeiro no longer has funds to funnel into a minimal functioning of its public health system. In time, at best hospital units closed. At worst, entire hospitals and emergency rooms closed. The funds to pay salaries in the health sector or to purchase necessary equipment and medical supplies have run dry.
As such, the Rio health sector state of emergency declaration was signed against the background in which authorities owe 1.4 billion reais or 355 million dollars to the medical suppliers and employees it hasn’t paid until now. If some hospital units and medical clinics were to reopen now, at least 350 million reais need to be pumped in the health sector urgently.
The state of emergency in the health sector helps the Rio de Janeiro hospitals still open to remain as such. With an upcoming additional fund of 297 million reais or 75 million dollars, Rio de Janeiro could keep some units running. This funding comes from the Federal Government. In addition, a loan of 100 million reais or 25 million dollars is expected to help with fast-track recovery.
The partnership forged with the City Hall and the Federal Government is a lifesaver for Rio de Janeiro as the state is left without too many funds. The funds transfer are essential under the pressing financial crisis that is affecting Brazil as a whole.
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