Brazil’s economy in recession forced a state of emergency to be declared for the health system

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The governor of Rio de Janeiro declared a state of emergency late on Wednesday this week as a budget shortfall caused chaos in the state’s healthcare system. It was immediately provided a federal aid of 45 million real (US$25.3 million) but the need if for about 350 million real immediately to reopen closed hospital units and clinics. Brazil’s hospitals confront right now with an outbreak of zika, a mosquito-borne virus that causes fever and is extremely dangerous for babies if pregnant women become infected. Cuts in government programs, including Olympics preparations occurred. However Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes declared: “ There is a (…) mistrust in the Brazilian capability to deliver things, which makes my life harder.(…) We want the Olympics to make our city better. It’s going to take a little longer than I thought.(…) I know the Olympics will do great.“

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