Luís Eugenio de Souza, professor and researcher at the UFBA Institute of Collective Health, was one of the guests at the “Rimini Meeting 2020”, a traditional event linked to the Catholic Church in Italy. This year’s edition brought together international experts to discuss “The future of health systems after the pandemic”. During the meeting, last Friday (21), the professor presented an overview of the pandemic in Brazil and highlighted the growth in the number of infected in the last months.
“Brazil is the second country with the highest number of confirmed cases and registered deaths (behind only the United States). We are in 11th position among the 167 countries of the world, with almost 500 deaths per million inhabitants ”, warned Luis Eugenio. According to data released yesterday (23) by the Ministry of Health, the country reached 3.6 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 114,744 deaths from the disease.
For the professor, there is a lack of effective national coordination in the combat and control of Covid-19 in the country. He also pointed out the exchanges of health ministers during the course of the pandemic and the absence of a definitive representative in the portfolio today.
“In light of this, civil society decided to speak up and make proposals through a plan to organize and coordinate the response to the pandemic.” The reaction cited by Luis Eugenio is the “National Plan to Combat Covid-19”, built collectively by entities from different sectors of society that are part of the “Frente pela Vida” movement. The document, organized by the National Health Council (CNS), gathers guidelines to the Ministry of Health, governors, mayors and secretaries for making decisions in relation to facing the pandemic.
The professor explained about the functioning of the Unified Health System in Brazilian municipalities and the importance of SUS for serving the population during the pandemic. He criticized the resource cuts in recent years and the threats to SUS funding next year. “We need to improve management, to encourage and support social participation, and to strengthen the SUS, to ensure equity in health promotion in our country,” he concluded.
About Rimini Meeting
The “Rimini Meeting” is an event held 40 years ago in Rimini, Italy. In the last week of August, the city becomes the capital of international culture, with the participation of personalities from politics, economics, religion, intellectuals, sportsmen and artists, who come together for debates, shows and shows. The origins of the meeting lie in the Communion and Liberation Movement, founded by priest Luigi Giussani.
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event won a special edition with debates in live streaming format .
To follow the full participation of Professor Luis Eugenio de Souza at the Rimini Meeting 2020, watch the official video of the event: