In order to improve the state health network for the management of breast and cervical cancers, the State Coordination of Oncological Care (Ceao), of the State Public Health Department (Sespa ), monitors health facilities in all regions. This week, on the 15th and 16th (Tuesday and Wednesday), the team visited the health center of Santa Izabel do Pará, in the metropolitan region of Belém, and the municipal hospital of Santo Antônio do Tauá, in the region of Northeast.
Taking advantage of the Mars Lilas prevention campaign, Sespa is developing a program to fight cervical cancer. The Secretary of State for Public Health, Rômulo Rodovalho, stressed the importance of monitoring the health network. “Women’s health care in the state is consistent, but the Lilac Walk serves to reinforce care and remind us of the importance of early diagnosis. We are committed to keeping health facility teams alert and fostering looking for women who belong to one of the risk groups,” he said.The Sespa team guided the professionals of the health units of the municipalities
Early diagnosis is the main way to fight the two most common cancers in women. Unlike the national average, where cervical cancer is the third with the highest incidence among the female population, in the North region it is the one that affects women the most. Therefore, constant attention is needed to deal with the disease.
During the visit to the Santa Izabel health center, the Ceao team was mainly dedicated to instructing the professionals of the unit to evaluate the use of the new examination equipment provided to the unit, such as the colposcope, used to detect possible tumors of the cervix or other type of injury caused by contamination by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).
Sespa monitoring is constantAnother concern of the team was to remind all professionals involved in care of the need to keep the Cancer Information System (Siscan) up to date, in order to help the entire country’s health network to follow the cases.
Mammography – In Santo Antônio do Tauá, Ceao professionals also monitored the installation of the unit’s new mammography unit, which will soon be available for use by the SUS (Unified Health System).
Monique Farias, Ceao team technician, stressed the importance of face-to-face visits to the units. “We need to show doctors, nurses, regulators, among other hospital professionals, the importance of monitoring the system and helping to find women in risk groups and without up-to-date exams,” he said. said the technician.
Also in March, on the 28th and 29th, the Ceao team will visit the municipalities of Cametá, in Baixo Tocantins, and Magalhães Barata, in the northeast, to monitor the supply of prevention and treatment services for Cancer.
Text: Edilson Teixeira – Ascom/Sespa