By Tuila Tachikawa
Telehealth station in the community of São Raimundo. Photo by Maria Cunha
In April, five telehealth stations were installed in Carauari (AM) to serve the rural communities of the municipality. The proposal is the result of an initiative by Fundação Amazônia Sustentável (FAS) and is financed by JBS company. At first, presentations about the telehealth program were elaborated by FAS and JBS. The associations created lectures to explain how the project works and the benefits it could bring, and with the approval of the families from the conservation units, the project came out of the paper and became a reality in the communities. The locations with service stations are: São Raimundo, Nova Esperança, Vila Ramalho, Bom Jesus and Xibauá. Each of them also serves other nearby communities, including communities from the Reserva Extrativista do Médio Juruá and the Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Uacari.
The appointments are weekly: on Tuesdays for psychological care, on Wednesdays for consultations with the nursing staff and on Thursdays for medical appointments. However, in case of an emergency, the patient can go to the nearest telehealth station and the manager of each center will contact the professionals in the requested area for immediate assistance. It is worth noting that if there is more than one patient to be seen without previously scheduled time, the service takes place in order of arrival.
Nursing Teleconsultation. Photo by Maria Cunha