Telemedicine Pilot Project brings specialized assistance to indigenous people of the Amazon
A partnership between the Ministries of Health and Defense tests a project of medical care by videoconference to the villages with Internet access, in the Alto Rio Negro Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI), from July 27 to August 1st. The goal is to reduce the waiting time for consultations, allowing rapid access to various health specialties.
The Armed Forces Hospital (HFA) of Brasília (DF) coordinates the Telemedicine Pilot Project in partnership with the Israelita Albert Einsten Hospital of São Paulo (SP). Doctors will attend at distance indigenous patients who need specialized psychiatry, rheumatology, cardiology, orthopedics, pediatric neurology, general surgery, urology, neurology and pneumology.
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, takes basic health care to more than 28 thousand indigenous people in the state of Amazonas through the Alto Rio Negro DSEI. The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) of the District has conducted the screening of indigenous people who need specialized consultations, preventing patients from having to travel to urban centers for care.
"It is an important step not only for this moment of confrontation to COVID-19, but also for future actions, since the population that resides there will be able to be attended by specialists from all over Brazil and with very high quality," said the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, of the Ministry of Health, Robson Santos da Silva.
Doctors will be attending military and indigenous people in the 1st Special Border Platoon of the Brazilian Army, in the district of Iauaretê (AM), and in the Guarnison Hospital of São de Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM), and they will be able to consult specialists from Brasília and São Paulo by videoconference. "We are taking a fantastic tool that affects the health of our military and the indigenous population who are far away," explained the Secretary of Personnel, Education, Health and Sports of the Ministry of Defense, General Manoel Luiz Narvaz Pafiadache.