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Study shows municipalities at higher risk of Covid-19 for pregnant women - Revista Galileu

Study shows municipalities at higher risk of Covid-19 for pregnant women – Revista Galileu

The map, in red, shows the rate of Covid-19 cases in Brazilian municipalities among pregnant and postpartum women (Photo: Victor Santana Santos et.al)

Researchers at the Federal University of Sergipe (UFS) have mapped the 50 municipalities Brazilians Where there is a greater risk than COVID-19 for pregnant women and women after childbirth. Surveillance is important, as the Ministry of Health has considered these women, since April 2020, part of the virus risk group SARS-CoV-2.

The research was published on September 10 in the scientific journal The Lancet Regional Health – Americas. The survey, which takes into account the months from March 2020 to June 2021, indicates that Paraíba has the highest number of high-risk cities pregnant women And who are postpartum – there are 13 in total. Below are the states of Ceará (7), Amazonas (7), São Paulo (7), Rio Grande do Sul (6), Minas Gerais (4), Parana (3), Mato Grosso (2) and Santa Catarina (1).

The map takes into account data from the Influenza Epidemiological Surveillance Information System (SIVEP) of the Ministry of Health. During the entire 16-month period analyzed, a . file was analyzed Brazil A total of 13,858 cases of Covid-19 and 1,396 deaths have been recorded among pregnant and postpartum women.

Thus, the study authors note that both Diagnosis For disease, such as deaths from Covid-19, occurred heterogeneously in Brazilian regions. Municipalities in the interior of Brazil were the most focused on both types of events.

The distribution of maternal mortality due to Covid-19 in Brazil, marked in shades of red (Photo: Victor Santana Santos et.al)

The distribution of maternal mortality due to Covid-19 in Brazil, marked in shades of red (Photo: Victor Santana Santos et.al)

“We observed that municipalities with fewer resources for health infrastructure and greater social and economic disparities had the highest infection rates and death rate by Covid-19. It is those municipalities that are deficient in their structure and health coverage,” analyzes Victor Santana Santos, the epidemiologist who led the study, according to Brazil Agency.

The survey also indicated 15 Brazilian cities where there are high risks the death Mother via Covid-19. Most of the (4) municipalities are located in the state of Minas Gerais. The others belong to the states of São Paulo (3), Goiás (2), Mato Grosso do Sul (1), Amazonas (1), Roraima (1), Pernambuco (1), Bahia (1) and Rio Grande do Sul. (1).

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For Santos, the results confirm that pregnant and postpartum women are a priority group for vaccination against Covid-19. He believes that identifying the regions of the country where there are greater risks for these women could help guide actions during the pandemic, such as mass testing, isolation cases and allocating health resources to prevent maternal deaths.