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PAHO supports plan to distribute medicines to indigenous peoples

Coordination with the indigenous health offices and MPPS indigenous care and orientation services in the territories allowed us to reach 24 outpatient clinics.

More than 15 thousand inhabitants of indigenous communities in border areas and/or difficult access in the states of Zulia, Amazonas, Delta Amacuro and Bolívar were benefited from the distribution plan of medicines, supplies and essential equipment of the Ministry of Popular Power for Health ( MPPS), which had the technical and logistical support of the Pan American Health Organization.

“From the primary health care and life course approaches, especially for women, pregnant and nursing mothers, children and adolescents, we continue to join efforts to reduce access gaps, combat the disease based on health equity, and improve the quality of life of the people of the Americas,” says a PAHO press release.

Coordination with the indigenous health offices and indigenous care and orientation services of the MPPS in the territories made it possible to reach 24 outpatient clinics located in communities inhabited by different ethnic groups.

It is pertinent to highlight that the community management of indigenous peoples who live in remote areas, with air and river access, in coordination with the corresponding health network, made it possible to transfer these supplies from the closest points (airports and ports), to health facilities in their communities.

The PAHO note details that 2.500 kilos of cargo were taken by air to communities such as Kamarata and Wonken, whose rural clinics serve 14 and 18 communities, respectively, belonging to sectors II and VIII of the Gran Sabana municipality.

The estimated flight time to reach the aforementioned communities to the nearest health centers is between 30 and 90 minutes.

Populations along the Parguaza River were also benefited, with more than a thousand kilos of cargo.

The inhabitants of these communities must travel between 2 and 8 hours to the reference hospital for emergency cases in the Cedeño municipality of Bolívar state.

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