Simultaneous actions at the DSEI Interior Sul performed more than 9K procedures
Seeing well makes life easier when it comes to studying, working and doing household chores. This change is now part of the life of 691 indigenous Kaigang who were assisted by ophthalmologists in the villages Linha Alto Recreio, Linha Pedras Brancas, Linha Caneleira, Linha Capinzal, Linha Bela Vista, of the Indigenous Territory Serrinha and Acampamento Aeroporto Fug Nor (BR- 285) and Goj Jur (within the city Passo Fundo), assisted areas by the Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) Interior Sul.
The Ophthalmology Action of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Renovatio Association, was at the DSEI Interior Sul and delivered 286 glasses of degree between December 14 and 22.
The indigenous people also performed visual acuity, objective refraction, fundoscopy and subjective refraction tests. Those who needed glasses already left with them on their faces.
The indigenous Rosania Kaigang did´nt knew that she needed to wear glasses, but she decided to go anyway. "I´ve never worn glasses, but I came to make the test. My daughter and I won the glasses. It was great! ”
The convenience and economy in not having to buy glasses were praised by Serrinha´s chief, Marciano Inácio Claudino. "There are many indigenous people who cannot afford an ophthalmologist and will also receive glasses. I´m very grateful".
In parallel with the ophthalmologic action, the DSEI Interior Sul, together with the Multidisciplinary Team of Indigenous Health (EMSI), received the Mobile Team, from SESAI. Two doctors, three nurses and two nursing technicians were responsible for bringing health reinforcement to the indigenous people in the villages of Bela Vista, Caneleira, Pedras Brancas, Alto Recreio and Capinzal, of the Polo Base Passo Fundo, in Rio Grande do Sul. During the 14th and 20th of December, 9,500 consultations and procedures were carried out.
Due to the pandemic, a large part of the indigenous people isolated themselves and did not leave their homes or go for consultations. The Volante Team was responsible for making home visits and checking on the health of the population. "The team went to perform rapid tests and possible diagnoses of other comorbidities and also the distribution of medicines," explained the technical advisor of SESAI, Cavalcanti Júnior.
SESAI sent more than 31 thousand items of supplies for the mission, including medicines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The DSEI Interior Sul covers indigenous areas in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, with headquarters located in the municipality of São José (SC), in the metropolitan region of Florianópolis (SC).
There are 82 municipalities with indigenous areas in its coverage area and the population is composed of 78% of Kaingang and Guarani ethnic groups.