Only 0.2% out of the 3.4 million fans needed some sort of medical care during the World Cup in Brazil. In total, the Joint Health Operations Centre (CIOCS) from the Ministry of Health provided care for 17,042 people at the stadiums, in the surrounding areas of the grounds, Fan Fests, public viewing areas and other venues with a high number of tourists.
Taking into consideration the track record from other editions of the tournament, the figure was much lower than expected. The expectation was that 1 to 2% of fans would need some sort of medical care at the match venues.
According to the Minister of Health Arthur Chioro, the positive assessment in the area of health may be used to show that Brazil is ready to stage big events. “The big legacy left behind is our ever higher capability of providing quality services at huge events, safely through integrated actions with ANS (National Health Agency), health insurance providers, ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency), municipal and state health secretariats, under the coordination of the Ministry of Health”, he said.
Chioro recalled that the country has been staging big events regularly and that the area of health has always ran smoothly. “Carnival and the Confederations Cup already gave a hint that we would be able to fulfil the task", he stated. “There were fears of a dengue fever outbreak, cases of Ebola, measles. No such cases were recorded. In fact, there was a 65% reduction of dengue fever related deaths in relation to the same period last year”, he added.
Out of the medical care provided, 7,055 people were seen at the stadiums, with only 192 having to be moved to health units. In other words, 97.3% of the cases were solved on site. Most cases seen referred to clinical conditions like headaches, people suddenly feeling ill, hypertension, injuries, sprains and small falls. From the 192 patients that had to be moved to health units, 99.4% were discharged after being seen by a doctor and medicated.
Among monitoring actions, 8,292 health inspections were conducted on health and food service venues, in addition to other places, like water supply companies. The campaign "Proteja o Gol" (Protect the Goal) was also implemented, promoting HIV and Aids prevention actions in the 12 host cities, as well as municipalities where Team Base Camps were located.
“The Integrated Centre will stop its operations on 23 July, when all tourists, delegations and athletes have left the country safely. Brazil has shown how it is capable of providing quality services for big events", added Chioro.