SESAI´s Secretary inaugurates the first Basic Indigenous Health Unit (UBSI) of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá
More health, quality of life and humanized care have arrived for the indigenous population of the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Alto Rio Juruá, in Acre. The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health, Robson Santos da Silva, inaugurated the first Basic Indigenous Health Unit (UBSI) of the District, in Mancio Lima (AC), on Monday, July 19. The UBSI will serve a population of approximately 700 indigenous Puyanawa people from the Ipiranga and Barão villages.
The UBSI has a doctor´s office, a dental office, an endemic disease laboratory, a vaccine room, a pharmacy for dispensing of medicines with prescriptions and others. The construction was built by the Mâncio Lima municipality, with funds from a parliamentary amendment by federal deputy Jéssica Sales, and donated to the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health. "The inauguration of a health center like this one is a proof that we are on the right path, a work done in partnership with the city hall and with a parliamentary amendment. SESAI guarantees the maintenance of the UBSI, both in the physical structure and in the availability of health professionals," says secretary Robson Santos da Silva.
According to the coordinator of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá, Iglê Monte da Silva, the Acre region is 98% riverine. Although the territory is large, with 69,000 km2, most villages have a small population, below the minimum criteria for the construction of a UBSI on site. For this reason, most of the care is provided through home visits in work schedules that take eight days by boat to the farthest village. The DSEI has a structure of eight Base Poles, a Support House for Indigenous Health, and 340 health professionals to serve a population of more than 18,000 indigenous people from 16 ethnic groups, in 162 villages.
Besides the inaugurated service unit, three more UBSI will soon be delivered, one of which is already under construction and two more are in the bidding process to serve more densely populated villages. "The goal is to bring a more humanized and quality service to the indigenous population, where we will be able to do prenatal care, preventive exams, and continued medical and dental care. Besides this UBSI, we will have three more care units to be delivered, we are also working to have more reference points within the villages, because access is very difficult, the villages are very distant," says the coordinator of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá, Iglê Monte da Silva.
The forecast is to deliver soon the renovation of the Cruzeiro do Sul Base Center, which will serve nine villages of the Katukina Indigenous Land and two more UBSI in the river region of the municipalities of Mancio Lima and Tarauacá. The secretary of SESAI also visited the facilities of the Cruzeiro do Sul Base Center to get to know the place and to inspect the works of four new Water Supply Systems (WSS) that will be delivered to the indigenous population.
Médio Rio Purus
This Tuesday, 20th, Secretary Robson Santos da Silva visits the facilities of the DSEI Médio Rio Purus, in Amazonas, to deliver the certificates of the Updating Course for Indigenous Health Agents (AIS) and Indigenous Sanitation Agents (AISAN) and to inaugurate the new radio communication system that will interconnect all the villages and service units of the DSEI.
Text: Cristiane Hidaka - Nucom/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/SESAI