Maternity Tabatinga opens space for exclusive service of indigenous pregnant women

The site will benefit mothers of Ticuna ethnic groups, which is the largest indigenous tribe in Brazil, and all prevailing in the upper Amazon.
24/08/2016 08h19 - Updated 24/08/2016 08h19
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Maternity Nurse Celina Ruiz villacrez, located in the city of Tabatinga (a 1.105 kilometers from Manaus straight) inaugurated, on the afternoon of Monday (22), a room for the exclusive service of indigenous mothers of the Upper Solimões trough. The unit is linked to the Department of State Health (Sesame) and is part of the state health network, maintained by the Government of Amazonas, not inside.

The site will benefit mothers of Ticuna ethnic groups, which is the largest indigenous tribe in Brazil, my husband, Kaixana, Kanamari, Kambeba, Witoto e Maku-yuhup, all prevailing of the upper Amazon.

“We provide this unique space for indigenous women in order to make them more comfortable, even though within a health unit. We are ensuring access to the service and especially respecting their culture and their customs ", explains the Secretary of State for Health, Pedro Elias de Souza.

Integration of cultures – They attended the opening ceremony of the room, the holder of the Special Indigenous Attention of the Ministry of Health, Rodrigo Rodrigues, the indigenous community of the city and the multidisciplinary team of health facility.

"This space is an old desire of all indigenous, it respects the culture of the Indians. It is much more than a delivery room; it means above all a recognition culture, the customs and the integration of all peoples of the region. This action was fantastic, leave thrilled. It was worth going through Brazil to see that in Tabatinga are making a revolutionary project from the standpoint of integration of cultures ", said Rodrigo Rodrigues.

Data from the Department of Special Indigenous Health (DSEI) the Alto Solimões, in the Alto Solimões region trough concentrates the second largest indigenous population of the country, over 63 thousand Indians.

"It is very important to the community, something new for the indigenous people, create a room for indigenous mothers. It is an important step for the city of Tabatinga, due to proximity to communities. Pregnant women will leave to have children in the tribe to take a health unit with safety and comfort, "says the chief of the Ticuna ethnic and Umariaçu, John Cross.

The differential in the delivery room for indigenous patients is that it was decorated by indigenous artists Tikuna ethnicity. They painted the place with regional images representing the daily life of the Indians.

On site dedicated to indigenous, It will be allowed to adopt the traditional practices and customs of the Indians at the time of delivery, the use of cords, and network monitoring with midwives and also the pregnant woman's husband. It is noteworthy that the presence of the medical professional and nurses and technical teams will be constant throughout the service.

"Mothers will receive all the attention of the multidisciplinary team of obstetricians and neonatologists, nurse, nursing technician and doulas (midwives)”, says the director of the Maternity, Pauline Campos.

Motherhood Celina villacrez Ruiz is a health care facility managed by the State Department of Health (Sesame) in partnership with the Institute New Paths - Social Organization.

Unit has Indigenous translators – Another differential Maternity Celina villacrez Ruiz is that the unit has the support of indigenous translators assigned by the Alto Solimões DSEIs (ARS / SESA-MS) in order to assist indigenous patients when they seek care in the unit. The translators are experts in the Ticuna language, that is prevalent among the natives in the upper Amazon.

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