The public health crisis in DF seems to have no end

Posted on 06/19/2022 06:00 / updated 06/19/2022 07:09

Health problems in the DF, such as the shortage of doctors, affect professionals and patients – (credit: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press)

Massage, delayed service, lack of professionals and lack of supplies. Those who go to the public health units of the Federal District have to deal with unresolved difficulties every year, year after year. Unfortunately, the chaotic situation is repeated in the administrative regions. Correio visited some Federal District hospitals last Friday (05/17) and spoke with patients and friends. Reports include waiting up to seven hours, lack of oxygen and medical shortages. The problems, however, are not limited to providing services and also affect health professionals. Employee complaints are similar to those of users: work overload, lack of materials, and staff reductions.

Merchant Alice Lira, 23, arrived at the emergency department of the Ceylon Regional Hospital (HRC) with her 2-year-old daughter Helena at around 1 p.m. He received treatment only after waiting more than two and a half hours. According to the mother, a nurse in the unit handed over a yellow bracelet (urgently) and said she only cared for those at risk of death. Little Helena, who was very tired, coughed and had a fever for three days. “The demolition said my daughter needs attention, but she doesn’t have it, because the HRC is overflowing,” says the trader, who saw a baby waiting to receive nebulization in a waiting chair because there was no oxygen.

Alice calls on the Federal District Government (GDF) to invest more and less in health care to prioritize the well-being of the population. “Outside (at the box office) service was fast here, but the problem is inside. They have to pay attention to those who need it. The government prioritizes other things, not health,” criticized the Sol Nascente neighbor. The observation has been reinforced by Clayton German, the 2nd Prosecutor for Health (Prosus), the District and the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPDFT). “The governor and the Ministry of Economy and Labor must prioritize health actions and make decisions that are not easy, but are at the service of the population. The MPDFT is pressuring managers to hire more professionals,” the prosecutor says.

It is necessary to fill at least one vacancy in the Department of Health. “Almost all specialties have a gap in professionals. This lack directly affects the provision of services. This is a serious problem,” the prosecutor warned. According to the DF Transparency Portal, 24,271 (44%) of the 54,950 health posts in the country’s capital are vacant.

Clayton is proposing to create careers for employees, including requesting exclusivity for public service. “They need to be well paid and have the necessary conditions to attract the best professionals. There is a wide debate, public health policies need to be thought of as a whole. We need more investment, public service is not attractive,” he said. adds.


Gardene Alves, a 44-year-old general services assistant, noted the lack of specialists in the public network. By bus, she and her husband, Osmar Pereira, 42, arrived at the HRC emergency room at 4:15 p.m., seeking dental care. Although he suffered severe pain in his upper teeth, Gardene was not taken because there were no dentists in the unit. The couple, who live in Ceylon, were ordered to go to the Taguatinga Regional Hospital (HRT). The search was in vain, and the couple did not care for HRT either. “I’ve been in pain for three days, and I find it difficult to eat and even drink water,” Garden said.

Osmar complained about the ineffectiveness of the public service. “It seems that the government does not only have resources for health, because it never gets better here. In Ceylon, the hospital is always the same,” he lamented. In January 2020, when he had a broken arm as a result of a work accident, Osmar arrived at the unit at 8 am, but at around 11pm he was only able to move his limb with a cast. “I was able to attend, but it cost me,” he recalls.

Prosecutor Clayton Germano noted that the shortage of physicians is perceived in many specialties. Sol Nascente, a 23-year-old resident of Joaquim dos Santos, felt his knee swell on Thursday night after a game of indoor soccer. He went to the HRC emergency room the next day at 12:00 and was only seen at 4:30 p.m. “My knee was bandaged. The orthopedist gave me a sore throat, had a blood test and took water from my knee,” he said.

There were six people in the front row who had more serious problems still waiting to see when he left. “A lot of people arrived before me, in a more serious case, and they were still waiting,” he added. Correio found the same problem described by Joaquim at Taguatinga Hospital. In the emergency room, 23-year-old bricklayer Abner Corrêa needed the help of an orthopedist. A neighbor of Sol Nascente twisted his left knee, which was swollen after the worker had an accident at a construction site. With the injury, he had to bandage his limb, but only for three hours before waiting for help. “I waited two more hours for the doctor because he was having surgery,” he recalls.

Abner asked to hire more doctors in the unit. “There had to be two, instead of one. The doctor left me where I was, along with other patients, to have surgery, because he was alone in the hospital,” the bricklayer explained. “Besides me, there was a girl who arrived in the morning and they hadn’t seen her yet,” she reported.

Laís Silva, 30, was a hairdresser who waited from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for HRT emergencies. On Friday morning, while her daughter was picking up her bike from school, she fell to the ground and broke her right knee ligament. With the pain, he had to take painkillers in the unit. “During this time, I was given a mine injection and asked to make an ice bucket,” he complained.

Laís had previously tried to care for him at the Ceylon Regional Hospital, where there was no orthopedics. At HRT, she reported poor attention, as nurses had to pass some people before in more severe conditions. “I didn’t know if I had a green or red bracelet, etc. So I asked him why he didn’t take care of me, and an employee said out loud ‘I don’t know how to say’,” he criticized. autonomous.


Gutemberg Fialho, President of the DF Medical Union (SindMédico-DF), says that the class suffers from a shortage of supplies, from medicines to orthoses and prostheses, in addition to a shortage of professionals. “I don’t know what’s worse, because everything is missing,” he says. The servers are sold out and the service is not the fault of the providers. Minimum requirements are missing. Recently, according to the President, there has been an increase in the number of resignations of professionals, sometimes at the age of 10 or 15, and an increase in workload reductions. “Earlier this month, two pediatricians from Paranoia resigned,” he said.

For Gutemberg, the government is aware of the lack of professionals and the terrible working conditions, ineffective wages and lack of work structure. The union president is adamant that the DF health crisis is not the result of a health emergency caused by covid-19. “Chaos comes from the past. The pandemic only opened up this chaotic face of public health in DF. To use the pandemic as an explanation is to act unfairly. It is intellectual fraud,” he complained.

Searching the mail, the Department of Health reported that it currently has 32,556 servers. “Of this total, 5,173 are physicians. The current management prioritizes the recruitment of health professionals to reduce the public network deficit. That is why, in March of this year, the ministry published a new public announcement to offer 230 doctoral positions in various specialties, ”the secretary wrote.

  • Abener Corrêa was treated in the HRT emergency room

    Abener Corrêa was treated in the HRT emergency room
    Photo: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press

  •     Lais Silva was treated in the HRT emergency room

    Lais Silva was treated in the HRT emergency room
    Photo: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press


“The service outside (at the box office) was fast, but the problem is inside. They need to pay attention to those who need it. The government prioritizes other things, not health.”

Alice Lira, a neighbor of the Rising Sun.

“It simply came to our notice then. Ceilândia is always the same in the hospital “

Osmar Pereira, a resident of North Ceylon

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