DSEI Alto Rio Solimões hires aircraft to transport indigenous professionals and patients
The second largest indigenous population in Brazil has a large land and river fleet for removing patients and transporting health professionals in the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Alto Rio Solimões, in the Amazon. The District provides basic health services to more than 70 thousand indigenous people, the majority of whom are Ticuna, by means of a land and river fleet. Now, the DSEI has hired a helicopter to speed up patient care and the mobility of the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) in areas of difficult access. The aircraft was hired through a bidding process and will provide services through flight hours.
"This is another excellent tool that will give us the opportunity to serve the more than 240 villages and 70 thousand indigenous people. This service will be used in the removals of indigenous people from the most distant villages to hospitals with more resolubility ", explained the coordinator of the DSEI Alto Rio Solimões, Weydson Pereira. Besides the removal of patients, the helicopter will assist in the entry of staff and the displacement of cargo and medical supplies between villages and Base Poles. The aircraft will also facilitate the displacement to areas of difficult access where large boats cannot reach.
With 95% river logistics, the DSEI has 170 motorboats, 10 speed boat ambulances (river ambulances) and 31 cars. The motorboats have the capacity to transport seven people and are under the responsibility of the Indigenous Health Agents (AIS), who are permanent residents of the villages. "These boats are of fundamental importance for our region, which is a river region, in the rapid transport of indigenous people to the reference hospitals in Tabatinga (AM)", says the coordinator Weydson. The transports were acquired by the District with resources of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health.
The District has 16 Basic Indigenous Health Units (UBSI), 22 Indigenous Primary Care Units (UAPI) and 10 Base Poles for basic health care to the indigenous population.