Health round the clock
No health problem involving athletes, delegations and the public present at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games shall be ignored. At this is what is promised by the Integrated Joint Health Operations Centre (CIOCS), which continuously shall monitor the ongoing situation. The main purpose of the Centre is to ensure the efficiency of the health services.
With a team comprising 125 professional people — including employees of the Ministry of Health, the state and municipal secretariats for health, and also the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) — the head office of CIOCS is at the Rio Operations Centre (COR). Apart from the Marvellous City , this institution shall also collect data from the other cities that are to receive the Games: São Paulo, Brasília (Federal District), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), Salvador (Bahia) and Manaus (Amazonas).
Among the activities for which the CIOCS is responsible, we have continued monitoring of potential risk; demand for health services; epidemiological and sanitary surveillance; and the response in service to emergency situations. The monitoring system has already been successfully used in other important events, such as the World Cup and the World Youth Day (WYD).
The Integrated Joint Health Operations Centre (CIOCS) has a powerful ally in the multilingual free app known as Guardiões da Saúde (Sentinels of Health) which is both available for downloads and exist a web version. Through this app, the user may submit on his or her general health, inform symptoms and if the patient has already had any kind of medical treatment, for example. This makes it possible to map diseases and act in anticipation of possible outbreaks.
Based on the user’s submission, the user is sent to the nearest Emergency Unit (UPA), if necessary. Through this tool, it is also possible to find pharmacies in the surrounding areas and has basic information on vaccination, accessing news about health in Brazil. For further information, please visit the website guardioesdasaude.org.
Apart from this application, tourists may also find general information about health services in Brazil at the Saúde do Viajante (Traveller’s Health) portal (available at www.saude.gov.br/viajante). Available in Portuguese, English and Spanish, this portal provides tips about how to best prepare for trips, necessary care, and how to proceed in cases of controlled medications .Information within aims at both visitors to Brazil, and their nationals travelling overseas.