The Rio Health Product Declaration is the latest step in the process of Rio de Janeiro’s ambitious plan to develop an innovative and world-class health system for the city’s population.
The declaration was announced in the Brazilian capital on Wednesday, a day after Brazil’s national health agency issued a press release calling for the creation of the world’s largest health hub.
“The city’s health system will be one of the most effective in the world,” said Brazilian President Michel Temer, who announced the declaration during a state visit to London.
The announcement comes as the city prepares for the 2018 World Cup.
The health system has been one of Temer’s main priorities during his five years in office, but he has been struggling to convince Brazilians that the city has the infrastructure and talent to host the 2022 World Cup in his country.
Brazil will host the tournament in 2018.
Temer said he wants to take his health system to the next level and that the government is “working to establish a national and global hub that will be a center of excellence for health care, education and research.”
He said the project is also designed to develop the city as a “city of opportunity.”
The new hub will help the country to develop “smart cities,” which are envisioned as a solution for Brazil’s chronic under-resourced health system.
In addition to health, the declaration is a blueprint for the development of the nation’s manufacturing industry.
“This is a very important document for us to see how we can make our economy more competitive in the future,” Temer told reporters.
Brazil’s health minister, Alexandre Motta, said the declaration will enable the country’s health care system to improve in the next decade, a key theme for Temer.
The city of Rio, which is home to more than 2 million people, has faced a crisis of overcrowded and under-served hospitals.
In June, Temer signed into law legislation that will allow the government to raise the salary of some public health workers, including nurses, health workers and doctors.
The legislation will take effect on August 1.
The law will be effective immediately, but public health officials are still waiting for the final implementation date.
In a press conference, Motta said the government expects the new health hub will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of life for the public.
The new health center will be the first of its kind in Brazil, Mota said.
“We hope this center will provide a blueprint of what is to be expected for the next five years,” he said.
Temers predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was a vocal proponent of the health hub during his stint as mayor of Rio.
Temera has vowed to transform the country and is expected to unveil a blueprint in early 2018.