"I wanted you to be a doctor, but a real doctor, not those doctors who do not have a heart but who take care of the patient, a loving doctor." Roberto Kunimassa Kikawa, 48, heard this phrase from his father for more than 20 years and failed to repeat. In interviews, I used to remember that the parents' premature death, cancer, inspired him to provide humanized care to those who need it most.
On Saturday 10, in a robbery, "Dr. Roberto", as it was called, created mobile facilities for free relief to the populace in vulnerable situations, known as Carretas da Saúde, which later gave rise to Van de Saúde and to the Health Box. The work was carried out by the non-governmental organization CIES Global, which started with private support and later began to enter into partnership with the public sector. The newest unit was opened Wednesday, in São José dos Campos, inside São Paulo.
Gastroenterologist, the doctor used to point out that the project was "replicable" and easy to adapt as it only needed a flat area with access to a water point, another point with electricity and another wastewater. "My personal mission is that fewer people will reach the stage my father was in, an advanced stage, without a chance to get a better treatment relationship," he said in a CIES press release.
As a young man, he continued to study theology and was intended to be missionary doctors in Africa. However, the plans were devoted to volunteering in the eastern part of São Paulo. "There I discovered an Africa in Sao Paulo and that we did not see," he said many years ago also in CIES video.
In ten years, the NGO organized more than 2 million people through the Unified Health System (SUS) in São Paulo and in the interior. The project also took place abroad, with units in Paraguay, Colombia and the United States. Kikawa had lived in Atlanta since 2016 with his wife, eye doctor Mirna and his 15-year-old son Daniel and Ana, 13. The doctor also worked in the hospitals Sirio-Libanese and São Camilo. In addition, it created instruments and methods to reduce bleeding and reduce surgery errors.
Friends and relatives remember heritage
Kikawa was buried just after 16:00 at Consolação Cemetery in central Sao Paulo after a farewell service was celebrated in a gospel church in the south. More than 200 people, including doctors, officials, friends and relatives, celebrated the cemetery.
During the funeral, our father prayed and the present was clapping. Many commented the legacy and "the great family" like Kikawa, a single child, created through his social work. At the ceremony, CIES Communications Director Ricardo Lauricella, who worked for 10 years at the NGO, reminded that the doctor was concerned about creating "multipliers". "He was very worried that it was not just him. There are more than 506 CLT employees and 180 medical specialists," Lauricella told the state.
One day before he died, the doctor had announced internally that he had reached an agreement with the Nigerian government to install a health drug in the country. "We finally put foot in Africa. It had this symbolism when he said," I will be a missionary in Africa until I find that I had little Africans in Brazil. "
"I received lots of messages, not just from investors and partners, but from many patients thank me and do not ask the project to stop and make available," says Lauricella.
Repayments were also made on social networks. In a newspaper on CIES Global's official profile, a woman wrote that the doctor "helped our family a lot in a very difficult time". "Very sad, it's like my family," wrote another in the Facebook profile.
Kikawa used to say that care should be done with the "DNA of love". According to reports, instead of the usual 15 minutes in many clinics and clinics, the doctor usually uses much more time in consultation.
To the newspaperStates S. Paulo, officials said that he helped in every function, from straightening a chair to unloading a canopy on a windy day.
"He wanted the best care in SUS as if it were at the best hospital. He had to have the major hospitals technology in our services," said CIES, Edmilson Mariano, Coordinator for Orphan Medicinal Products.
"The patient would come to the door and he would say," Hi, okay, please sit here, "he recalls." He wanted everything to be solved, or at least 90% there, then not giving the patient paper the investigation there China, "he says," he would do something and make a damn if needed.