In Brazil, Basic Health Units Become Mere Skeletal Structures, Says Report

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta explains in a statement that he has made efforts to get these health units up and running.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A report obtained by Brazilian news outlet "Metrópoles" shows that several Basic Health Units (UBS) or Emergency Care Units (UPA) have become mere skeletal structures since 2012, with no patient care.

President Fernando Henrique Cardoso's government introduced what seemed to mayors of Brazilian municipalities like a solution for the chronic public health issue.

At the time, the Ministry of Health formed a career technical staff aimed at studying and finding solutions for the Unified Health System (SUS). Years later, the group became the Project Management Coordination (Cogpab).

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