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Chamber of Deputies approves title of Public Health National Heritage for Fiocruz


31/05/2021

Fernando Pinto (Fiocruz Brasília)

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This Wednesday (26/5), at a Deliberative Session at the Plenary, the Chamber of Deputies approved Bill 2077/2019 that establishes the title of Public Health National Heritage and awards it to Fiocruz. The title is granted to governmental and private non-profit institutions who provide relevant and remarkable services to public health and that have technical, scientific, educational, wellfare activities, activities of social participation, promotion, protection and recuperation of health. The institutions in question must have at least 70 years of activity, in addition to public and social acknowledgment. The awarding of the title must be preceded by a public audience.

Deputy Jandira Feghali, who proposed the bill, read the report and presented the amendment of Deputy Joyce Hasselmann, also awarded the title to the Butantan Institute. “At this pandemic moment, we must acknowledge the work of these institutions that contribute to reduce social inequalities and promote health”, Feghali said.

Feghali also mentioned that Fiocruz has just celebrated its 121st anniversary, and emphasized the importance of the dedication of all its employees, who have made all efforts to fight the pandemic, especially in terms of COVID-19 vaccine production.”

Deputy Alexandre Padilha highlighted that the bill has a very strong symbolic value for all Brazilians and public health institutions. “Never had our population realized how important our Unified Health System is”, he emphasized.

After the granting of the title, Fiocruz and Butantan have priority participation in collegiates, committees, commissions and group works in their fields of activity, in selective acquisition processes, in the obtaining of government credit lines, and in the release of parliamentary amendments.

After the granting of the title, Fiocruz and Butantan have priority participation in collegiates, committees, commissions and group works in their fields of activity, in selective acquisition processes, in the obtaining of government credit lines, and in the release of parliamentary amendments.

Originally proposed by Deputy Odorico Monteiro, the project is also authored by deputies Alexandre Padilha, Jorce Solla, Alice Portual and Totonho Lopes. The bill has now been followed to the Federal Senate.

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