Ministers visit the Telehealth pilot project that will be applied in an indigenous area
The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, the Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado, and the commander of the Brazilian Army, General Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira, visited the Family Strategy Unit (ESF) Marajó this Saturday, April 24, in Cristalina (GO), and got to know the Telehealth pilot project that was applied there, which should be replicated throughout Brazil, especially in hard-to-access areas.
The initiative is part of an effort that includes the Health, Defense, Communications, Citizenship, Education, Economy, Science and Technology, and Mines and Energy ministries. Telehealth is one of the Digital Health strategies of the Ministry of Health, and is also being implemented by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) in the Base Poles of the 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI).
"The government is one and must work in an integrated way, observing the tripartite representation of the SUS, in which the federal government, the states, and the municipalities participate. So we need to invest more in primary care so that the patient does not need to seek for specialized care," said Minister Queiroga.
Representatives from Health and Defense saw up close the remote care in several specialties, such as dermatology and ophthalmology. Queiroga had an eye exam done remotely - through a helmet with remote controlled lenses, an ophthalmologist in Goiânia conducted the exam and, at the end of the consultation, it was already possible to issue a prescription.
SESAI´s advisor, Carlos Colares, represented the Secretariat in the visit. The 34 DSEI will receive the donation of a telemedicine kit from the mining company Vale to provide remote medical care with specialists directly in the Base Centers in the indigenous areas. "Telehealth reduces the time of care, the costs of travel of patients and health professionals, and enables care with specialists in areas of difficult access," he explains. Urgent and emergency cases will continue to be removed by the DSEI to the nearest hospital network of the Unified Health System (SUS).
Examinations and consultations with cardiologists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists and pulmonologists will be carried out at the Base Poles in the indigenous area, reducing the displacement of patients for routine examinations or consultations in the cities. This important strategy guarantees the permanence of indigenous people in the villages during the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and speeds up the attendance time.
Telehealth uses broadband internet from the Connecting Brazil Program, of the Ministry of Communications, which is being implemented in 330 internet points, via Electronic Government - Citizen Service (GESAC), in the Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts. Many Base Poles and Basic Indigenous Health Units (UBSI) in the Amazon region are in indigenous areas of difficult access where climate and logistics make it difficult for the teams and indigenous people to travel. More than 755,000 indigenous people will benefit from distance medicine throughout the country.
The equipment donated by the Vale company should arrive by July in the 34 districts. The kits will contain: protection case, notebook, high resolution webcam, portable paramedic monitor and cardiology, pneumology, ophthalmology and dermatology telequipment.