Men’s Day is celebrated on Friday (15), and the municipality of João Pessoa, through the Municipal Health Department (SMS), offers many services available to the male population, both in family health units (USFs), as well as in specialized care. Among the services available are routine consultations focused on men’s health, specialist urology consultations and care, and prenatal care for men, as well as the traditional “Blue November,” a month dedicated to actions to encourage prostate cancer prevention.
In João Pessoa, primary care, as well as other levels of health care, are already implementing actions targeting the National Men’s Health Policy and are in an active and continuous search for new actions to address this audience. “It is very important to educate males to take care of themselves and do health prevention, adopt healthy habits, regular physical activities, a balanced diet and moderation in alcohol consumption. These habits are crucial to reduce these problems,” said Erna Emmanuel, Primary Care Manager at SMS.
In addition to all this service aimed at the male public, the municipality of João Pessoa implements worker health measures at appropriate times, in accordance with the units’ planning, as well as health measures for the truck driver in the PPD (Stop and Rest). points). And in some cases, vasectomy is also performed, depending on the choice of family planning.
“Early recognition of diseases increases the chances of effective treatment. Therefore, some tests should be part of the men’s routine. You have to pay attention to the body and be aware of the signals it sends. Care should be daily, “said Erna Emmanuel.
Before Christmas for a man – It is a specific programme, available in all family health units in João Pessoa, aimed at men who intend to be fathers. As with antenatal care for pregnant women, the male population is also monitored by a multidisciplinary health team, in addition to examinations. In the service provided, the health team requests examinations based on the profile and health history of future fathers, which follow a schedule designed specifically with the aim of preventing men’s health.
Always blue november – In November last year, the municipality of Joao Pessoa launched the “November Blue Always” campaign, which represents the fight against prostate cancer. Since then, men from the age of 50 can have a PSA test in the month of their birthday, as well as women from the age of 40 to prevent breast cancer.
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