SESAI More Indigenous Health provides medical care, exams and donates glasses at Alto Xingu
The SESAI More Indigenous Health Action, in partnership with the NGO Xingu + Catu, carried out, between May 2 and 6, 377 clinical consultations for children, the elderly and chronic patients, as well as 125 ultrasound exams.
The differential of this action was to move health professionals to the villages, that is, the indigenous people didn´t need to leave their homes. To get to the villages Kamaiurá, Waurá, Yawlapiti, Kalapalo, Matipu, Saidão, Aweti, and Polo Base Leonardo Villas Boas, in the Alto Xingu, the road was long. The professionals took ferries, boats, cars, and walked, but the effort was rewarded with thanks.
"I am very grateful for the teams coming to the villages. For us, it makes it easier to take care of people who can´t afford to go out and get treated. To have this kind of action, to come to our villages, is very good", said the teacher from the village Saidão, Waranako Aweti.
The action was able to meet the people who have difficulty in moving around and the demand that was repressed because of the last years with the pandemic: the service with specialized doctors.
"The actions with the partners were able to provide pediatric, geriatric, and ophthalmologic services that solved the major issues that had been held up over the last few years", said the coordinator of the Special Indigenous Sanitary District Xingu, Quintanilha da Silva.
Besides the offer of specialist doctors, the action included medium complexity exams such as ultrasound and retinograph to evaluate the fundus of the eye. Another highlight in the service to the indigenous people was the partnership with the Renovatio NGO for ophthalmological exams and the production and donation of prescription and sunglasses.
The indigenous people had their eyes examined with an auto refractor, refraction, and visual acuity. Matuá Yawlapiti was one of these people who underwent ophthalmological assistance and has already returned home with new glasses. "I had difficulty seeing and it was difficult to work and do things at home. Now I can see better and I am happy to have received the glasses. In this action, 118 indigenous people were seen by the ophthalmologist, 92 received prescription glasses, and 50 received sunglasses.
It is worth pointing out that the action was only a success thanks to the integration of the DSEI professionals with the volunteers from the Xingu + Catu NGO. "The work in conjunction with the professional team that serves in the area with the professional who came from outside was very cool and fruitful. There is learning on both sides. The doctor who comes from abroad doesn´t come just to teach, on the contrary, he learns a lot", said the founder of the NGO Xingu + Catuí, Fábio Atuí.
Text: Patrícia Rodrigues/Nucom-SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda/Nucom-SESAI