Ophthalmology Action performs more than 1K services to the indigenous people of DSEI Potiguara
Baia da Traição (PB) - Indigenous of the Base Poles (PB) of Rio Tinto, Marcação, Baía da Traição and the villages located in the municipality of Conde, Paraíba, received the Ophthalmology Action of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, in partnership with Renovatio Nonprofit Social Organization, between November 30 and December 10 in the Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) Potiguara.
The action offered to the indigenous people the possibility to perform complete examinations, to consult with an ophthalmologist and receive the glasses free of charge. The patients perform tests to identify Myopia, Presbyopia and Hyperopia directly in the village, thus avoiding displacement to the cities and reducing the risks of contamination by COVID-19.
"This work is very important, this is a population that does not have access to this treatment, most of them had ophthalmology consultations for the first time, many elderly people who had never been evaluated, not even with visual acuity, that is why this care is so important", reported Lorrana Carvalho, ophthalmologist doctor at Renovatio.
In thirteen days the team carried out 1,100 consultations, 2,717 exams and delivered 466 glasses to the indigenous population of the District. The glasses delivered by Renovatio are made with a flexible aeronautical steel frame and super-resistant polycarbonate based lenses, pre-molded. Many patients received two types of glasses, one to see objects nearby and another from a distance.
"Where the team went we heard the testimonies of patients satisfied with the care that SESAI provided here in Paraíba, in our DSEI. I thank all the team that came, all the health professionals from both SESAI and DSEI who supported this event," reported DSEI coordinator Potiguara Vilson Ortis.
Luiz Áquila, eleven years old, lives in the village Forte, at the Polo Base Baía da Traição, and had difficulty in seeing school activities on the blackboard of the classroom where he studies. "When I came here I thought my degree was normal, but it was over and I could not read anything. But I came here, took my glasses and now I can read everything! ", celebrates the young student.