SESAI and Ministry of Defense start indigenous health operation in Maranhão
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, started on Monday (14) a joint operation the Ministry of Defense, in the Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) Maranhão, to intensify the care in the villages with the offer of specialized medical care, testing for COVID-19 and sending medicines and materials to supply the Base Poles.
The DSEI Maranhão concentrates the seventh largest indigenous population in the country, according to data from the Indigenous Health Care Information System - SIASI, with more than 37.000 indigenous people, distributed in 629 villages located in 22 municipalities. The District has 754 professionals who make up the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) composed of doctors, nurses, nursing technicians, nutritionists, psychologists, among others. Of these, 320 are Indigenous Health and Sanitation Agents, who also help in the articulation between the teams and the villages and in many cases, are also interpreters.
In all, there will be 21 days of dedicated work, divided into three phases, which will involve the teams from the Ministry of Health and the Armed Forces - Army, Navy and Aeronautics - besides the professionals from the DSEI Maranhão, who mapped all the Base Poles and previously identified the needs of each village, establishing a schedule and priorities for actions. The teams are taking about 60 thousand medicines and 32 thousand equipments and tests to COVID-19.
According to the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, who is part of the coordination team of the operation, in addition to the urgency of bringing supplies for the treatment of COVID-19, the operation will bring medical specialists who will complement the basic health care offered by the DSEI.
"It will be an important opportunity in front of not only this pandemic, but also other needs that our dear DSEI Maranhão has. We will be there actively searching, testing and taking specialized care, with gynecologists, infectologists and pediatricians," explains the secretary.
The partnership between the Ministry of Health, through SESAI, and the Armed Forces happens in several regions of the country. From January to August, nine interministerial missions were carried out with the objective of combating COVID-19, preventing the spread of the disease and bringing specialized care that prevents the removal of patients to urban centers.