Public hospitals and Unimed unit suspend elective surgeries due to Covid’s scenario in BH – Horizontes


The increase in Covid-19 cases leads hospitals in Belo Horizonte to suspend elective surgeries, again. According to the units, from the public and private networks, in the last few days, there was an increase in visits and hospitalizations related to the new coronavirus. Such procedures have already been interrupted in the capital’s Unified Health System (SUS), confirmed the Municipal Health Secretariat (SMSA).

In the private network, Unimed BH sent a statement to employees informing the suspension, since this Friday (20th), of non-urgent operations at Hospital da Unimed, on Avenida do Contorno, in the Center-South of the capital, and also at the Betim unit. . To Nowadays, the company confirmed, in a note, that the measure that will prevail until November 27.

“The cooperative recommends that, before moving to the Emergency Care units, customers use the Coronavirus Online Consultation service or that a contact be made with their reference physician”, points out the company. According to the text, Unimed BH would have expanded the teleconsultation team, an option that “contributes to reducing the spread of the virus, avoids increasing waiting times and ensures greater security for customers”, he observes.

In other units, the recommendation is for the performance of elective surgeries to be evaluated carefully and judiciously. With the suspension, according to the report, the relocation of beds will start with prioritization for the Covid-19 area.


The decision to suspend the elective procedures at SUS-BH, as well as in July, was also announced on Friday. According to the statement, about 22 thousand people – residing in Belo Horizonte and in more than 500 municipalities served by agreement – are registered with the secretariat’s internment center to perform procedures in 18 specialties.

The secretariat also clarified that, in January and August this year, 14,600 operations were carried out and that, even with the recommendation of the Ministry of Health, the city chose to keep the service on the network in a reduced number, giving priority to cases. in which waiting for surgery represented a greater risk than a possible infection by the coronavirus.

The report tried to contact the association and the union of hospitals, with clinics and health houses in Minas Gerais (Central dos Hospitals), but was unable to locate representatives of the entities.


Belo Horizonte has 52,352 confirmed cases of the disease since the beginning of the pandemic, until this Friday. 1,610 deaths have also been reported by Covid to date, 13 more than Thursday’s bulletin. There are still 95 deaths being investigated. The average number of transmissions per infected (Rt) is 1.09. This means that, on average, 100 infected people transmit the new coronavirus to 109 people.

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