DSEI Porto Velho opens new CASAI headquarters in Guajará-Mirim (RO)
More than five thousand indigenous people from the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Porto Velho will benefit from the new headquarters of the Indigenous Health Support House (CASAI), which was inaugurated this Tuesday, April 27, in the municipality of Guajará-Mirim (RO). The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, inspected the work and unveiled the inauguration plaque along with the District Coordinator, Eloy Angelo dos Santos Bernal, and the President of the District Council of Indigenous Health (CONDISI), Ivanildo Tenharim.
The CASAI is one of the establishments of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, to support, welcome and assist indigenous patients who need treatment or specialized consultation in the cities. The new headquarters was built on land donated by the National Health Foundation (FUNASA) with a project approved by SESAI and public bidding. It is an achievement of the population of Guajará-Mirim and the indigenous leaders, a struggle that began some time ago and we had the grateful opportunity to inaugurate it. Thank very much to the Social Control, the coordinators and others involved in this project," thanked the secretary of SESAI.
The structure has 8 wards, 48 beds, kitchen, cafeteria, pharmacy, consulting rooms, and psychology and social assistance offices. There is a special wing for patients with COVID-19 equipped with 10 air concentrators, donated by the Expedicionários da Saúde (Health Expeditionaries) organization, for oxygen therapy treatment in mild to moderate cases of respiratory flu syndromes. The site also has two hammocks for companions to set up their hammocks according to indigenous customs and has a fleet of six vehicles from the Guajará-Mirim Base Pole to transport supplies, patients, and the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI).
The patients treated at CASAI are mostly being treated at the Bom Pastor Hospital, of the Pró-Saúde charity organization, in Guajará-Mirim. The hospital has adapted beds for indigenous people and allows the presence of "pajés", shamans, healers, and "rezadeiras". The establishment maintains an indigenous traditional medicine garden, an hut for socialization, and has also hired two nursing technicians who are indigenous and speak their mother tongue. These adaptations were made with funds from the Ministry of Health´s Specialized Care for Indigenous Peoples Incentive (IAE-PI).
In total, the DSEI Porto Velho provides basic health care to more than 10 thousand indigenous people in 193 villages in the state of Rondônia through five Base Poles, 26 Basic Indigenous Health Units (UBSI) and six CASAI. The District has already vaccinated with the first dose against COVID-19, 84% of the indigenous population, older than 18, enrolled in the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS) and specificities of ADPF 709, and 73% with the second dose.