House approves MP that allocates R $ 4.489 billion to fight covid-19

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The Chamber of Deputies approved today (29) Provisional Measure (MP) 976/20 that allocates R $ 4.489 billion to the Ministry of Health for actions to combat the covid-19 pandemic.

The matter goes to the Senate and must be voted on until Thursday (1st) in order not to lose its validity. The text was approved without changes to the original proposal, edited by the government in June.

Of the total resources, R $ 4.449 billion will go to specialized health care actions. Another R $ 20 million will be allocated to the Unified Health System (SUS) for management contracts with social organizations.

In editing the MP, the government argued that there was a need for new beds and facilities capable of ensuring respiratory support. “It is essential to prepare the primary care network for the expansion of demand, in order to contain the transmissibility of the virus by preventing people with mild symptoms from going to emergency services or hospitals, as well as identifying early serious cases”, says the justification of the MP.

Equipment and testing

According to the text of the MP sent by the government, the extraordinary credit will allow the Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição, located in Porto Alegre (RS), to buy personal protective equipment (masks, aprons, gloves, face shields), tests and examinations from covid-19 and rent equipment (respirators and monitors), with a total of R $ 23 million in resources.

The text of the measure provides that most of the resources, allocated in the National Health Fund (FNS), will be used for health services in charge of states and municipalities, for the payment of scholarships or bonuses to university students in the field of health and resident doctors; and also to expand internet connectivity in primary care units.

* With information from the Câmara de Notícias Agency

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