Brazilian Air Force (FAB) health professionals were part of a commission that also consisted of military personnel from the Brazilian Navy and Army who worked in the Roraima II Mission between October 20 and 26. The focus of the campaign was on the dispatch of personal protective equipment, medicines and COVID-19 tests as well as the implementation of special care by general practitioners, gynecologists, paediatricians, infectologists as well as nurses and technicians to indigenous countries.
An H-36 Caracal helicopter operated by the First Squadron of the 8th Aviation Group (1st / 8th GAV) – Falcão Squadron – transported military, civilians and supplies from Wing 7 in Boa Vista (RR) to indigenous communities by Parima, Parafuri, Kaianaú, Alto Mucajaí and Baixo Mucajaí, in addition to the communities that live around the Special Border Platoons (PEF) of Auaris and Surucucu.
In one of the consultations in the Auaris region, Terra Indígena Yanomami in the state of Roraima, the FAB doctor, Captain Felix Cristiano Ferreira de Castro, reported how the team saved the life of a 19-year-old girl. “She was taken to the 5th Special Border Platoon, the location of the mission, by a community leader because she had severe stomach ache. In the first assessment, acute appendicitis with several days of evolution was suspected. An ultrasound of the abdomen confirmed the diagnosis. After her condition stabilized, the patient was taken to a hospital for an operation. To be able to help and assist in the treatment of this young woman is the full feeling of accomplishing the mission of saving lives, ”the officer said.
The military’s joint work was carried out with specialists from the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI) who made about 300 calls on the first day of the Roraima II Mission’s activities. The base pole of Auaris is located in the far northwest of the state of Roraima on the border with Venezuela and 443 kilometers from the capital Boa Vista.
The head of the aviation department in São José dos Campos (SP), the medical captain Fabiola Cristine Marques, also served in the Roraima II mission. With his experience in the field of occupational health and the missions in the Amazon region, the official emphasized the importance of humanitarian aid in the Framework of COVID-19 to ensure the health of the population of indigenous origin. “We health professionals understand the value of our presence in communities that are far from urban centers,” said Captain Medical.
The indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest live in hard-to-reach places. Thanks to the capillarity and logistical power of the armed forces together with the work of the SESAI of the Ministry of Health, it was possible to strengthen this population in terms of health. The mission had the logistical support of the 7th Jungle Infantry Battalion (7th BIS) based in Boa Vista as well as the 5th Special Border Platoon in Auaris and the 4th Special Border Platoon in Surucucu, both subordinate to the 7th BIS. Brazilian Air Force and Brazilian Army aircraft were used to transport the team and the necessary supplies for support.
RORAIMA MISSION II
It is the 16th inter-ministerial action by defense and health stewards as part of Operation COVID-19 in the fight against the new coronavirus and for the health of indigenous peoples.
With information from the Ministry of Defense