In their report, they speak closely with Sergio Cortes, one of the leading doctors in the region and the state secretary of health for Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Cortes is a highly skilled physician with training in many fields. His primary focus has been the world of orthopedic surgery, where he has helped many patients get access to life changing hip replacement surgery. He has been heavily involved in assisting in the setting up of a shelter that has a capacity to take in over three hundred people as well as offer them necessary services to help them ward off diseases. In his view, other measures may be necessary as well so that the people facing the flood situation in Xerem can avoid getting sick from illnesses such as chicken pox that often follow in the aftermath of such heavy floods.
He and his fellow health officials want those in the entire region to be fully aware of the risks that the flooding may pose to them. Such risks include health problems but also include other potential problems such as highly contaminated water. Water can easily be contaminated by gushing rains, making it unsafe to drink. This is why he urges caution to residents. He suggests those who understandably want to help should focus their attention on providing for the real needs of residents. In his view, what area residents seeking shelter really need is bottled water as well as other supplies. Bottled water is necessary because many area residents have water that is unsafe to drink. He urges people in the region to use bottled water for all necessary situations including bathing as well as drinking.