Brasilia, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) – The ”More Doctors” program marked its first year, with 14,462 physicians working in 3,819 municipalities in Brazil, and assisting about 51 million citizens.
Launched in July 2013 as a provisional measure by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, the objective of this program was to expand medical consultations to the population, by increasing the number of health professionals.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health shows that this initiative has 14,462 physicians, 11,400 of them are Cubans, distributed in 3,819 municipalities and 34 indigenous districts.
Of that total, about 75 percent are working in high social vulnerability areas, in the northeastern region, and the outskirts of the largest cities.
The Secretary of Labor Management and Health Education, Eider Pinto, stated that More Doctors increased in 35 percent the number of consultations in primary care in January this year.
More Doctors was founded as of the population’s exigency to improve health services and the executive assumed this commitment and complied with it, he recalled.