Brazil - Two innovative projects of "UniSALESIANO" Salesian University

28 August 2020

(ANS - Araçatuba) - In recent days, the "UniSALESIANO" Salesian University took center stage with two important innovations. The first concerns Hepatitis C tests in the adult population, while the second concerns the former municipal emergency room, which will be transformed into a specialized clinic, thanks to the contribution of "UniSALESIANO".

Between 24 and 26 August, students and teachers of the Biomedicine course carried out tests to find Hepatitis C in adults. Identifying the disease is not easy, as it only presents symptoms in an advanced stage. Thus, at the headquarters of the Rotary Club of Araçatuba - which devised the campaign against Hepatitis C - 400 kits were distributed to proceed with the tests. The coordinator of the Biomedicine course, Professor Rossana Abud Cabrera Rosa, stressed the project's importance, inviting the population to participate.

“This is an annual campaign, sponsored by the Rotary Club, to eradicate hepatitis C around the world,” said the professor. The teacher, along with three other colleagues and trainees, supervised by the Academic League of Clinical and Community Immunology are administering the tests.

“This type of action is very important for our academics,” continued prof. Rossana Abud, “because they learn to do the test, to read the result and to be in contact with the public. In this case, they also learned the operational procedures for the prevention of Covid-19,” she concluded.

Still in the medical field, UniSALESIANO's contribution should also be noted in the transformation of the old municipal emergency room into a specialized clinic. The building will be revitalized, thanks to the collaboration with the prefecture of Araçatuba. The project was announced on August 24th.

Fr Luigi Favero, SDB, Rector of UniSALESIANO, explained that the work will be carried out in several steps. It will start with the reception and physiotherapy sector, and then continue with the other sectors of outpatient specializations. The new practice will house specialists in cardiology, dermatology, physiotherapy and much more.

Fr Favero underlines how much the University is committed to safeguarding public health. “The students, as early as the first week of the course, go to health facilities,” he explained, “so they gain experience and at the same time help. We want to give an answer in the field of training for health workers, technology and infrastructure. So it was urgent to renovate this hospital.”

The project has already been welcomed by the mayor of Araçatuba, Dilador Borges, by his secretary and by the councilors for Health. The first part will be made active in a couple of months and the aim is to inaugurate the entire clinic by February 2021. “The most important thing we have is life,” concluded the Rector, “and the second is our health.”


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