Torrential rains have been experienced in many parts of the world ever since the metrological experts warned of El Nino-like weather patterns. The impacts of these storms have been devastating in some areas especially those areas that experienced flooding. Among these areas is the neighborhood of Xerém, which is in the town of Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many people lost their homes as a result of the floods but, what is more, alarming about these floods is the health risk they bring to the population of Xerém.
According to an article by Extra, whenever there is flooding the risk of diseases such as Hepatitis A and leptospirosis increases because most residents have access to large amounts of contaminated water. However, even after the rainfall subsides, there is still the risk of dengue fever outbreak transmitted by the dengue mosquito. Given such possibilities, officials from the state department of health led by Secretary Sergio Cortes have been surveying niteroi the affected areas to ensure that the measures put in place by the government are fully operational. The measures include a Dengue Hydration Centre that serves approximately three hundred people per day, a calamity kit together with antibiotic tablets, and also teams disinfecting the water in the area. Secretary Sergio Cortes also advised on atanews the residents to used bottled water for drinking and maintains food hygiene.
Secretary Sergio Cortes has been in the forefront to improve health care in Rio de Janeiro for many years. As a medical expert, he uses his knowledge to advise the epidemiological surveillance team by highlighting the symptoms they should look for in their surveys. He also uses his website as a platform to give medical advice, for example, giving advice on what types of apparels to wear to allow perspiration and ensure the body is comfortable and healthy during summers.
Nevertheless, Sergio Cortes is not only a man of medicine, but he also enjoys sports. He played tennis professionally in the early 1990’s where he got to compete against world tennis champions. He, however, gave up the game to focus on medicine which has always been his passion.