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No hospitals, no oxygen: Covid-19 in the Amazon

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Manaus (Brazil), Jan 28 (EFE).- (Camera: Raphael Alves) Ilton Alves has been fighting Covid-19 in the Amazon for more than ten days. He had to pay for the oxygen out of his pocket. Neither his private health insurance nor the public service has treated him. They are collapsed. It is the dramatic reality of the Brazilian state most affected by the pandemic.FOOTAGE OF ILTON AND HIS WIFE ADJANIR.SOUNDBITES AND TRANSLATION OF:Adjanir:"At 58 years old I never thought I would go through everything I'm going through. Seeing my husband sick, without a hospital to take care of him, without having an emergency care, if a life or death situation happens, I have nowhere to go and I have to work to pay the bills and at the expense of getting sick too." Ilton:"I never imagined that I would need oxygen at home, because we have health insurance. The last time I went to the hospital they didn't see me because the hospital was closed. The security guard said it was closed and there would be no service at all. I was sad because we paid health insurance and yet nothing happened at the time. There was no need to hospitalize, but at least to tend to patients, prescribe medications. I went home discouraged."

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