The Brazilian Navy (MB), through the Command of the 9th Naval District (Com9ºDN), is supporting the Amazonian project of medical care, which provides for a joint effort of ophthalmologic surgeries in municipalities in the state of Amazonas. The commission takes place from May 17 to June 18 and has a staff of 75 people, including the Navy of Hospital Care Ship (NAsH) “Soares de Meirelles” and surgeons ophthalmologists from Manaus and São Paulo.
The project is developed through a partnership between the Federal University of Amazonas, the Federal University of São Paulo, the Unifesp Institute of Ophthalmology, Alko do Brasil, Lupas Leitor, the Piedade Cohen Foundation and the Friends of the Navy of Manaus, using the NAsH of the Amazon Flotilla Command.
As of June 4, approximately 3,795 people attended, 3,306 of which were clinic appointments, 322 cataract surgeries, 18 pterygium surgeries and 3,306 glasses distributed. In addition to the project, during the Hospital Assistance to the Ribeirinha Population (ASSHOP) operations, 149 patients were treated at the ship’s dental offices, in addition to 6,601 procedures performed in the municipalities of Benjamin Constant, Atalaia do Norte, Tabatinga, São Paulo de Olivença, Amaturá and Santo Antônio de Içá.
The NAsH “Soares de Meirelles” participates in the action with a health team made up of doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and nursing technicians, which acts in the screening of medical procedures, preventive collection activities, vaccines, medication delivery, laboratory and health prevention lectures. The ship is equipped with two medical offices, two dental offices, vaccine room, x-ray room, surgical center and laboratory.