EDS, Renovatio and SESAI performed more than 2,300 consultations in the Alto Rio Negro DSEI
Mr. Bernardino Sanvaz, after several years of hard work, had his health affected by a hernia. The action promoted by the Health Expeditionary Organization (EDS) and by SESAI, through the Alto Rio Negro DSEI, allowed the indigenous Bernardino, from the São Sebastião community, to have the surgery to solve his problem during the SESAI More Indigenous Health action, which took place between September 3 and 11, in Pari-Cachoeira (AM).
"The surgery was very nice and I did very well in the evaluation. I´m in good health and all that´s left now is to take care of the dressing", he explained. Besides Mr. Bernardino, indigenous people from the Hupda, Yhupdhe, Desano, Tukano, Tuyuca, and Tariano ethnic groups, belonging to five base poles of the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Alto Rio Negro, were also able to consult with specialist doctors, including gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, and ophthalmology, as well as perform minor surgeries in Pari-Cachoeira.
The action took place thanks to a partnership with the Health Expeditionaries Organization (EDS), which made it possible to provide more than 2,300 medical consultations and procedures. For the action to be successful, the DSEI organized all the logistics by river and air to take the patients to the Pari-Cachoeira Medical Center. "In the District, we count on the support of aircrafts to pick up and bring these people from the hardest to reach places to be able to perform the procedures taking advantage of this opportunity", explained the Alto Rio Negro DSEI coordinator, Ernani Gomes.
In addition to the consultations and surgeries, the indigenous people who participated in the action and needed prescription glasses to see better, have already returned to their villages with their glasses. The result of this agility was due to the partnership with the Renovatio NGO, which made and distributed more than 500 glasses during the action.
Sisters Dalva and Marta Arantes consulted ophthalmologists, had visual acuity exams, fundus of the eye, biomicroscopy, and auto refraction. "Before I had doubts for reading and I took the opportunity to come. The doctor said I am fine, I don´t have a cataract, and I got the glasses. I am very happy!", said indigenous woman Dalva Arantes.
The indigenous people´s happiness at being treated is a reflection of the successful partnership between SESAI, EDS and Renovatio. "We try to avoid the rescues that have to occur so that the indigenous people need to be taken to medical centers to see specialists. We bring the specialists and SESAI makes sure that these patients get here," said Ricardo Afonso Ferreira, orthopedic doctor and coordinator of the EDS.
At the end of the week, the action was considered a success. "These professionals came to perform procedures, clinical care, and improve the indicators and the quality of life of this entire population," concluded SESAI´s project director, Alexandre Nogueira.