By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The healthcare system in Rio is officially in a state of emergency. The measure was signed late yesterday (December 23rd) by the state governor, Luiz Fernando Pezão, after meeting with secretary of healthcare Alberto Beltrame of the federal Minister of Health. Beltrame pledged to release a large supply of support for the state's hospitals, starting today (Thursday, December 24th).
The state of emergency is meant to cut through bureaucracy and streamline the transfer of federal funds to Rio de Janeiro. Governor Pezão said, "We are channeling every effort . . .