Sergio Cortes is a Surgical doctor and former executive secretary of Rio de Janeiro. He was born on 30 July 1971, and he was Chilean tennis player who completed one Grand Slam event. Cortes reached the third round of the US Open in 1993. He managed to defeat both Dutchman Jacco Eltingh and American Derrick Rostagno in four sets and was after that eliminated by Borris Becker in straight sets. 1993 was his best year in sports as he defeated the world number one Magnus Larsson in a championship in Florida.
Not only was he successful in sports, but he has been and now is very successful in his medical career. Cortes was previously the secretary of state in the department of health of Rio de Janeiro and was very committed to his job. In June 2013, his commitment was demonstrated by the way he handled the situation of Xerem, Duque de Caxias. He and his department team were visited Xerem to survey the areas affected by floods. The state government was running a Hydration center at the health center of Xerem. The problem was that there were only 12 chairs for hydration when the capacity needed to serve about 300 people per day.
In realizing that the accumulation of garbage would increase the possibility of dengue mosquito proliferation in the city, Cortes sort to put in place the preventive measures. In a meeting with the Camillo Junqueira, the municipal health secretary, and Mendonca, National Health Force Conception, it was decided that the state will commit itself to providing a new calamity kit Caxias for adding to the 3000 tablets antibiotic already in place for intervention against leptospirosis.
Cortes spearheaded the prevention measures to prevent the proliferation of diseases that contagion is through contaminated water. He ensured that a team was put up to disinfect the water and recommended that all people in the area use bottled water for drinking and food hygiene. Also, Cortes instituted a situation room on Xerem health post to monitor the various health actions in the area. It also involved training employees working in the shelter to ensure they understand early identification of symptoms of the primary diseases. Both Zika and dengue were confirmed to have related symptoms for the patients making it hard to differentiate the disease.