Extra reports Sergio Cortes has been an important figure in the lives of the people of Rio de Janeiro during periods of crisis, such as the flooding of 2013. At this time Cortes was the State Secretary of Health and led the response to the floods that caused chaos for many of the residents of hard hit areas like Xerem. In a bid to keep the people of the area safe from the damage caused by the floods, which included public water problems and refuse issues, the medical expert established hydration centers to keep people fit and healthy. Cortes also made sure the people of flood hit areas were not at risk from dangerous medical conditions by sending research teams to the area to track the rise in different diseases.
Sergio Cortes has also been seeking to make sure the people of Rio de Janeiro have a long term plan for remaining fit and healthy. Cortes has been seeking to establish a long etrm plan for the health of the state, which includes the need to improve the standard and number of medical professionals living and working within the state, the Government of Niteroi reports. In his role as the Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes looked to change the way the people of the area sought medical assistance; one of the major changes suggested by Cortes was a return to family doctors who could ease the pressure placed upon the hospitals of the state.