September 27, 2023

The Mais Médicos group will go to the land of Yanomami in March

Indigenous people suffer from diseases such as malnutrition, pneumonia, severe diarrhoea, malaria and tuberculosis

And 14 Mais Médicos doctors will work in the Yanomami indigenous land, in Roraima, starting in March. The information was provided by the Minister of Health, Nicia Trindade, in an interview about the programme The Voice of BrazilFrom Thursday (23 February 2023). According to her, the group will go to the region from 14. After that, 5 more professionals will join the team.

First, they prepare for a week to get to know reality better and act more adequately.The minister explained. “This is a permanent job.“, he added.

SUS National Force

Nicia Trindade said the Yanomami, particularly the children, had improved health as a result of the emergency care provided by the SUS National Force (Sistema Único de Saúde). “We already have children transitioning from the most severe to recovering“, He said.

According to Ministry of Health data, a month after the Espin (Public Health Emergency of National Importance) decree was issued in Yanomami territory, 78% of the children assisted had gone from severe to moderate malnutrition. In all, more than 5,000 medical consultations were given to Aboriginal people during this period.

Most of the assistance is provided in base centers in the regions of Oares, Soroko and Misao-Katrimani. The most seriously ill patients are being transferred to hospitals in Boa Vista.

The main diseases diagnosed among the indigenous population are: malnutrition, pneumonia, acute diarrhoea, malaria and tuberculosis. According to experts, most of them are preventable and treatable.

with information from Brazil agency.