Legislative Assembly of Paraná | News > The number of surgeries performed monthly by SUS is already approaching the result before the covid-19 pandemic

The expenditures, revenues and actions of the State Department of Health during the second quarter of 2022 were presented to the parliamentarians in accordance with article 36 of the complementary federal law 141/2012.

According to the managing director of the portfolio, Nestor Werner Junior, who gave the general assessment, the main highlight at the moment is the recovery of the system in the post-pandemic period. “The Department of Health has been working hard and our accountability is pointing to good numbers for this post-pandemic moment. We have a good recovery of actions and services, excellent execution of elective work, with our Opera Paraná program, and the indicators show it, clearly showing the potential that vaccination has brought and what it has given the possibility of this reprise. A sharp drop in maternal mortality, which guarantees us the possibility of working more and more on what really matters, that is, improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of Paraná”.

The director of SESA recalled that during the pandemic the number of elective surgeries fell to 6,850 in 2020 and 6,722 in 2021. In July 2022, the average was 12,300, whereas before the pandemic the average reached 13,586 per month.

Nestor also highlighted the record set last week in which, for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Paraná had no patients hospitalized with covid-19 in the Unified Health System (SUS). “It is a great victory, and it indicates that we are on the right track and that the Department of Health, in collaboration with the municipalities, is working to improve the health of Paraná,” he said.

In the most critical period of the pandemic, in mid-June last year, the state reached 100% occupancy in 4,900 exclusive beds for the treatment of covid-19, in addition to overcrowding in Urgent Care Units (UPA) and small hospitals. To finance these exclusive units alone, the state government has invested more than R$980 million in contracts with university hospitals, its own units and the private network.

The period of the pandemic has caused other vaccines to have lower rates than those indicated by the Mystery of Health. Poliomyelitis, for example, has the lowest rate in 30 years in Paraná. While the vaccination target is 95% for children under 5, just over 74% of the estimated population has received the vaccine. In a recent national campaign, the estimate was to vaccinate more than 620,000 children across the state, but the number of doses applied was 459,000. “The process of discussing other vaccines during the pandemic has a little hampered the basic vaccination schedule that we had and we are in a frantic work so that we can recover, especially in vaccines that historically had good coverage. With polio, we have not reached the desired percentage of 95% of children vaccinated and we believe parents and families that this is extremely necessary for us to maintain polio-free status,” said Nestor.


According to what was presented by Nestor, so far Paraná has invested in health in the first eight months of 2022, 9.84% of the resources, the minimum required by law being 12% in the year. Net state revenues from January to August were 30.4 billion reais, and spending on health reached 3 billion reais.

During the public hearing, the urgent and urgent outpatient production recorded in the second quarter, cumulative with the first, was also detailed. 953,367 diagnostic procedures were performed, 168,530 clinical procedures, 166,124 surgical procedures, 1,154 tissue and cellular organ transplants and 6,191 orthoses and prostheses performed.

Outpatient elective production was 9,483,200 procedures performed, the main one being diagnostic, with 5,986,825 performed.

With medicines, the state government has spent R$18.9 million until August. Emergency and emergency hospital production closed the period with 123,553 calls, while elective care reached 24,612 procedures.


The President of the Public Health Commission of the Assembly, Deputy Dr. Batista (União), has positively evaluated the figures presented by the Government, drawing attention to the elective procedures which, according to him, require special attention in this recovery period. “These are good numbers because we have a team trained in SESA here in Paraná, but we are very worried because I continue to work in the region, operating and serving the population, and what we are seeing are endless queues for elective surgeries. It is important that we receive the data so that we can monitor and charge much more, because it is not possible for these queues to continue with all the mandatory investments in health, ”charged the President of the Commission.

Participating in the hearing, in addition to the President of the Commission, Dr. Batista (Union), the deputies, Márcio Pacheco (Republicans), Arilson Chiorato (PT) and Professor Lemos (PT).

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