Task Force Begins Delivery of Over 22 Tons of Food to Yanomami Indigenous People
A task force of the Federal Government began on Friday (10) the distribution of about 22.5 tons of food to communities living in the Yanomami Indigenous Land in Roraima. There will be 1,003 food baskets delivered to indigenous families in situations of social vulnerability. The food was purchased with funds from the National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI).
Given the difficulty of getting around and accessing the indigenous areas, the transport of the food requires distribution logistics with air and land routes, involving the organization and mobilization of efforts by different agencies. A large aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will transport the baskets from the capital Boa Vista to the Surucucu region. From there, the items will be taken to the villages by Brazilian Army helicopters.
The action will include indigenous communities from the Parima, Kayanaú, Parafuri, Xitei, Hakoma, Homoxi, Haxiu, and Surucucu regions. The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Sesai), the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety (MJSP), through the Integrated Operations Secretariat (Seopi), the National Public Safety Force (FNSP) and the Federal Police, and the Ministry of Defense, through the Army, are also participating in the task force.
The Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) Yanomami is responsible for providing primary health care to 28 thousand indigenous people from five distinct indigenous groups: Yanomami, Sanumã, Ninan, Yawari/Xamathari, Ye´kuana distributed in 366 villages.
The Yanomami DSEI is composed of an Indigenous Health House (CASAI), 37 Base Poles, 78 Basic Indigenous Health Units (UBSI), and 823 professionals. Of these, 260 are indigenous.
In the last three years, the Yanomami District has received more than R$ 261 million from the Federal Government for the acquisition of goods, inputs, medicines, and the hiring of human resources, among others.
As a way of intensifying health actions in the western region of the State of Roraima, the DSEI Yanomami, with support from the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, is executing the Emergency Action Plan for Combating Malaria, Child Malnutrition and Infant Mortality, in the Region of Surucucu, Kayanau, Parafuri, Hakoma, Haxiu, Xitei, Homoxi.
The plan is divided into goals and execution stages, which include immediate, medium, and long-term actions, with the objective of strengthening health care for the local population, and counted on the collaboration of the District Council and indigenous leaders. As part of the actions to be taken, the Yanomami Special Indigenous Health District has already sent health professionals, medicines, and supplies to the Surucucu region.
At this moment, the professionals are carrying out malaria tests, health and education actions with the population, active search for cases in the entire local population, and supervised treatment (SDT) for positive cases.