Brazilian Health Ministry grants BRL 5.1 million for infrastructure development of Basic Health Units
The Brazilian Ministry of Health has approved BRL 5.1 million for the construction, expansion or renovation of 15 basic health units in eight states under the rehabilitation program of basic health units. The rehabilitation program of basic health units is a federal government policy for structuring and strengthening of primary healthcare, a primary gateway to the Unified Health System (SUS). The fund will be invested to build units at a cost of BRL 4.08 million in the states of Alagoas, Amazonas, federal districts Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and Santa Catarina. BRL 670,500 will be utilized for the expansion of the basic health units of Minas Gerais and Maranhao. Similarly, BRL 403,500 will be invested for reforming of the basic health units in Alagoas and Rio de Janeiro. The Ministry has allocated BRL 5.6 billion for the construction and expansion of 26,000 basic health units in over 5,000 Brazilian municipalities to improve existing health facilities to expand the service to the population through the Unified Health System.