On Tuesday (17), the Federal Senate approved three projects to expand the services provided by the Unified Health System (SUS).
The first is to oblige the public system to perform reconstructive surgery for people with cleft lip, a deformity that occurs during fetal development.
In addition to the surgical procedure, the proposal also provides for monitoring by a speech therapist, psychiatrist and orthodontist, all through SUS.
The text was approved in the Council, but since it was amended in the Senate, it will be returned for analysis by deputies.
Another project approved by senators guarantees psychological assistance to women from pregnancy to the postpartum period in the public health network.
Zenaide Maya (PSD-RN), rapporteur of the motion, noted that about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of postpartum women currently suffer from anxiety and depression and need quality medical care.
“It is necessary to raise awareness about mental health during pregnancy and postpartum and provide psychological assistance at these critical moments for the health of women and their children,” Maya said.
Organ donation policy
The third project, which was approved on Tuesday (17), establishes a national policy to raise awareness and motivate donation and transplantation of organs and tissues.
The rapporteur of the proposal in the plenary session, Senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE), noted that although Brazil is a global “reference” in the field of organ transplantation, it is important to create an educational policy that maintains this policy.
“Developing a national policy to raise awareness and motivate organ and tissue donation and transplantation responds quickly to the community’s outcry, as this project, in addition to other Ministry of Health policies, will strongly contribute to expanding the scope of organ and tissue donation transplantation,” he said.
The text will go to the President’s approval.
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