Less than two weeks after starting the early treatment of covid-19 cases with hydroxychloroquine , Sertãozinho recorded a decrease in the occupation of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) from 100% to 30%. The data were provided by the city hall and confirmed by the report.
The municipality adopted the Ministry of Health’s early medication protocol on July 22, making azithromycin and chloroquine available for treatment of patients, according to clinical evaluation and medical prescription. On that occasion, Mayor Zezinho Gimenez was widely criticized by the medical field in the city .
Occupation, both in the infirmary and in the ICU beds, was 100% in the city. On August 3, the last data analyzed by the report, the percentage was 30% for the ICU beds and 25% for the ward.
“We cannot affirm that the drop in these indexes is due exclusively to the donation of early medication, however, they coincide with this, which was one among many measures adopted by the Municipal Administration in these last four months of the pandemic”, said the city hall, in a note.
The administration clarified, however, that not the last increase in the total number of ICU beds occurred in early July, therefore, outside the period analyzed. Other aspects pointed out by the city as a cause are the expansion of testing and treatment and early monitoring of the population; intensification of inspection in compliance with quarantine by commercial establishments.
Sertãozinho’s numbers contrast, among others, with those presented by Ribeirão Preto, who did not use the protocol recommended by the Ministry of Health regarding the use of medicines .
The city, which opened at least 36 beds in the period, had an occupancy rate of 97% at the time, rising, on August 3, to an index of 81%, according to official data. This means that the increase in the number of vacancies was not due to a decrease in cases, but due to an increase in vacancies.
The use of chloroquine in the treatment of covid-19 has caused a real battle between defenders and opponents. On the one hand, many researchers and doctors claim that the drug, in addition to being ineffective, can cause severe side effects. Another, less expressive trend, states that there are no definitive studies and that the drug, used in practice, helped to fight the coronavirus in the places where it was used.
One of the defenders is Professor of the University of São Paulo Anthony Wong , who declared, in an exclusive interview with the Thathi Group, that anyone who fails to prescribe the drug is committing a crime of omission.
“Anyone who is against hydroxychloroquine is making a crime of omission because it is the only treatment today that works for the first 7 days. Or do they prefer the patient to be so severe or have to enter the ICU and stay on the respirator? ”Professor of the University of São Paulo Anthony Wong
The city of Ribeirão, on the other hand, cited a series of international studies not to recommend the use of the drug. “The scientific literature, with consistent studies, does not endorse to date, the prescription of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 for mild and prophylactic cases. Part of the work also points out that, there was no considerable gain in the health of patients with the use of chloroquine ”, said the institution, in a note.