During the debate over the shortage of trained health professionals in the Americas, the Vice-Minister of Health Surveillance of Brazil, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, commented that health systems cannot function as they should without adequately trained health personnel.
Barbosa spoke in the plenary session of the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), telling participants that the three factors that have worsened this situation in the Region are economic growth and poverty reduction, the need to accelerate expansion of health services to respond to the needs of a growing population, and the renewed primary health care agenda.
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