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Horrific scenes in Brazil as healthcare system starts to collapse

16 April 2021 1:09 PM
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Brazil
MSF
Doctors Without Borders
Jair Bolsonaro
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Lester Kiewit
Covid-19 in Brazil
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Meinie Nicolai

Doctors are tying patients to beds and ventilating them without sedation. Lester Kiewit interviews Meinie Nicolai (MSF Brazil).

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Brazil’s healthcare system is collapsing.

The country is recording more than 70 000 new cases of Covid-19 per day and more than 3000 daily deaths due to the disease.

The country’s medicine shortage is so extreme, some hospitals are having to tie Covid-19 patients to beds while ventilating them without sedatives, according to a doctor at the Albert Schweitzer municipal hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

Hospitals with sedative medication are diluting it to make it last longer while using neuromuscular blockers so patients are unable to resist.

The country’s oxygen supplies are near depletion.

Brazil's Senate is investigating far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of Covid-19. © celsopupo/123rf.com

Lester Kiewit interviewed Meinie Nicolai, General Director at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Brazil.

We are very worried about the situation in Brazil… Hospitals are completely overloaded… There’s not enough drugs and oxygen… People are dying in large numbers… Leading to a collapse of the healthcare system…

Meinie Nicolai, General Director - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Brazil

We’re not into politics… We want the government to put in place a proper plan… It shouldn’t be difficult! …

Meinie Nicolai, General Director - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Brazil

Listen to the interview in the audio below.




16 April 2021 1:09 PM
Tags:
Brazil
MSF
Doctors Without Borders
Jair Bolsonaro
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Lester Kiewit
Covid-19 in Brazil
The Midday Report on CapeTalk
Meinie Nicolai

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