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Volunteers to help Venezuelan immigrants on the Brazilian border

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36 professionals seconded by the Ministry of Education will help serve the local population in Roraima
published: Aug 28, 2018 08:15 PM last modified: Aug 28, 2018 08:15 PM

Cesar Itiberê/PRPresident Michel Temer

For President Michel Temer, the measures taken by the federal government show Brazil's commitment to welcoming refugees

As part of its humanitarian aid efforts to help Venezuelan immigrants, the federal government will send 36 volunteer doctors from the Brazilian Hospital Services Company (Ebserh), an agency linked to the Ministry of Education, to provide services to vulnerable persons in the cities of Boa Vista and Pacaraima (both in the state of Roraima).

A task force of health and social services workers will be set up between 27 August and 1 September in 10 shelters distributed between Boa Vista and Pacaraima. During this time, practitioners will apply vaccines, test immigrants for hepatitis and other diseases and provide them with guidance on nutrition and medical tests.

In addition to speeding up the resettlement process for these migrants, federal authorities have also increased local security staff and set up a campaign hospital in Pacaraima to help increase health coverage for Venezuelans.

The expectation is that another 1,000 Venezuelans will be resettled in other Brazilian states by September, joining the 820 already being settled since April. To date, the federal government has transferred approximately R$ 200 million in additional funds to the state of Roraima.

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For President Michel Temer, the measures taken by the federal government show Brazil's commitment to welcoming refugees and participating in humanitarian causes. "Our borders are open," he reassured during an event on Saturday (25 August). "These are commitments that we assume at the international level to welcome refugees," he said.

In addition, the president said that the measures taken in the region are important to ensure the safety and integrity of both immigrants and Brazilians living in Pacaraima and Boa Vista. "The measures we have taken in Roraima do not concern only Venezuelans... when we act in Roraima, we are also acting in favour of the Brazilians who live in Roraima," he said.