Commission promotes hospital assistance to riverside communities and support to scientific research in the Pantanal

Hospital assistance actions will be focused on the Pink October and Blue November campaigns

By First-Lieutenant (RM2-T) Melina Aita Isquierdo – Ladário, MS

The Hospital Assistance Ship (NAsH) “Lieutenant Maximiano” will promote, from October 17 to 24, hospital assistance activities to riverside communities of the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul and will provide support to researchers from the State University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS). Around 450 km will be traveled on the Paraguay River, from Ladário to the Barra de São Lourenço region, on the border between the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso.

The hospital assistance actions will focus on the Pink October and Blue November campaigns, which are part of the National Health Calendar, and there will be lectures and guidance on women’s and men’s health.

“We expect to assist about 350 residents from five communities in remote regions of the Pantanal, who in most cases live 200 km from urban centers and public health agencies,” explained the Commander of the NAsH “Lieutenant Maximiano”, Lieutenant-Captain Eduardo Pontual Dubeux.

The NAsH is capable of performing X-ray examinations and has a small surgical center, infirmary, sterilization room, purge room, pharmacy, laboratory, medical office, and dental offices.

Incentive to scientific research During the commission, UEMS researchers will travel the Paraguay River, on board NAsH “Tenente Maximiano”, to collect scientific data for the institution’s research. The gathering of information will focus on the interaction of man with the Pantanal biome and medical assistance to riverside populations.

The partnership between the institution and the 6th Naval District Command was signed in September through a cooperation agreement. Thus, the logistical support from the Brazilian Navy aims to foster scientific research at UEMS in the areas of ichthyofauna, fauna, flora, natural resources, and health and to expand knowledge about the Pantanal biome and the measures necessary for its preservation and sustainable production.

*** Translated by the DEFCONPress FYI team ***

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