Vale donates 34 kits to the Ministry of Health to reinforce care for indigenous people
Kits will be distributed to the 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts to strengthen primary care and will benefit 800 thousand indigenous people in 6 thousand villages
The almost 800 thousand indigenous people who live in more than 6 thousand villages spread throughout Brazil will be able to count on health care that is increasingly more technological and specialized. The Ministry of Health received a donation this week from the mining company Vale S.A. It consists of 34 kits with equipment to strengthen primary health care for indigenous people. Among the benefits of the donation are the improvement of health care, better diagnosis, and the implementation of telemedicine.
The kits will be distributed to 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI) throughout the country and are composed of: a portable multiparameter monitor, a hard case with high-density foam, a digital ECG electrocardiograph, a spirometer, a portable retinograph, a notebook, and a webcam. The value of the donation is around R$7 million in equipment that will provide health professionals with the necessary support for better care.
According to the Substitute Health Minister, Rodrigo Cruz, one of the most challenging missions of the Department is to take care of indigenous health. Currently, more than 14 thousand professionals work in the indigenous villages. The 800 multidisciplinary indigenous health teams are composed of doctors, nurses, nursing technicians, indigenous health agents and indigenous sanitary agents. For him, the kits will further improve health care for this population. "We know that, besides being a people of a different culture, they usually live in places of difficult access. So, besides the cultural issue, there is the logistics issue. Therefore, all this equipment comes to help reduce the distance and will be very useful for us to further improve the work that has been done with excellence: a quality public health service to all indigenous people in the country, "said Rodrigo.
For the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Silva, the donation will make Brazil take a big step forward in reducing referrals to hospital services of greater complexity and high logistical costs. He said that the donation will make telemedicine possible in indigenous villages, which will enable distance consultations, reducing the response time in cases of more specific care and facilitating the access of the patient to health professionals in various specialties.
"We are going to take a giant step forward in health care for indigenous people. Sesai does Primary Care and what makes us different from the average is technological density. A Basic Health Unit is capable of solving at least 90% of the cases that are presented to it. And, today, we have lost some of this capacity because of the pandemic. This way, the donation brings equipment that comes to improve more and more the access of the indigenous people to a quality health service", he said.
During the equipment delivery, Vale´s Institutional Relations manager, Elisa Romano, said that the donation represents some of Vale´s missions: cultural transformation, improvement in quality of life and transformation of the future. On other fronts, Vale even donated to the Federal Government medicines from the intubation kit, rapid tests to detect Covid-19, PPE and syringes to help the Vaccination Campaign against Covid-19.
"As much as this donation came in the context of the pandemic, it is a much more perennial, continuous action. This equipment will reduce costs and time, and will also save lives. We have a very strong performance with the indigenous population, especially in the territories where we operate. We were already thinking about how we could extrapolate our work beyond these territories. And these 34 kits come to expand this work to a much larger number of indigenous people", he highlighted.
Text: Fernando Brito – ASCOM/MS
Translation: Renata Arruda – Nucom/Sesai