Professionals from the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá are trained in neonatal care in villages
Indigenous mothers and newborns in the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) of Alto Rio Juruá, in the state of Acre, will have health professionals trained in prenatal, neonatal and puerperium care without leaving the villages to carry out health examinations and follow-ups. About 40 professionals were trained in the pilot course, held from June 23 to 26, in Cruzeiro do Sul (AC), by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The goal is to qualify health teams in the care of women from prenatal to puerperium and in the screening of newborns. The training has already been carried out in the DSEI Yanomami, Alto Rio Solimões, and Vale do Javari, in the state of Amazonas, and has already trained about 120 health professionals up to the month of June. The trainings are theoretical and practical, with the objective of promoting the qualification of the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) through scientific updating and improvement of practical skills.
Doctors, nurses, and nursing technicians are learning to perform foot, heart, eye, ear, and tongue exams on newborns to identify congenital, infectious, and asymptomatic diseases early. Newborn screening is a preventive action that allows for immediate and specific treatment, as well as a reduction in infant mortality and the sequelae associated with each disease.
The training will enable diseases to be identified immediately in the indigenous communities without the need for removal to the hospital network in the cities. "Traditionally, women give birth in the villages and there is a need for some exams. Today the professionals are being trained so that they can do these exams in the villages, so that the children can have more security in their growth and avoid future sequels in the development of these children," says the coordinator of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá, Iglê Monte da Silva.
All the Base Poles of the DSEI received equipment to perform the neonatal screening tests. The training had a pediatric neonatologist as an instructor and the practical course enabled the attendance of about 50 indigenous children during the training in the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá.
For the president of the District Indigenous Health Council (CONDISI), José Francisco Kaxinawá, the local exams will bring more quality of life to the indigenous people. "I believe that with this course given to the health professionals, we are going to save many lives of our relatives there on the tip of our children. This will improve the quality of care," he concluded.
Text: Cristiane Hidaka/NUCOM/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda/NUCOM/SESAI