Xavante and Cuiaba DSEI receive health reinforcement in Southeast Mato Grosso
The third phase of the Xavante Task Force to combat COVID-19 is assisting Indigenous people from the Xavante and Cuiaba Indigenous Special Health Districts (DSEI), from August 10-16, in southeastern Mato Grosso. The medical services are being provided in the areas of the Agua Boa and Sangradouro Base Centers. The majority of the population served is from the Xavante and Bororo ethnic groups. The objective of the inter-ministerial mission is to reinforce the work of the health teams of the Districts in the fight against the pandemic caused by COVID-19.
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health sent two tons of medical supplies such as medicines, rapid tests for COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Base Centers. The Ministry of Defense sent a team of 24 health professionals from the Armed Forces to provide local care, including nurses, nursing technicians and specialist doctors such as gynecologists, pediatricians and infectologists.
The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) routinely provide basic health services in the villages. The mission is to reinforce the work of the 334 indigenous health professionals who work at the Xavante DSEI and 340 who work at the Cuiaba DSEI. During the inter-ministerial actions, the EMSI carry out the screening of patients and refer the professionals of the Armed Forces for specialized care. In addition, the government of the State of Mato Grosso is providing support with a mobile vaccination unit.
The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, points out that these inter-ministerial missions are a response by the Federal Government to the indigenous areas most affected by the pandemic. "We have done similar actions together in Roraima, Amazonas, Para, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. These are effective actions that actively seek not only the problems related to COVID-19, but also in other medical specialties. It is by acting in this way that the Federal Government has brought support and care to the Brazilian indigenous populations", he says.
The first phase of the Xavante Task Force took place from July 27 to August 2 at the Base Centers of Campinapolis and Sao Marcos of the Xavante DSEI. The second phase, Aug. 3-9, at the Araguaia and Xavante DSEI, in northeast Mato Grosso. In total, SESAI sent four tons of medical supplies for the three phases of the inter-ministerial mission.