SESAI´s Mobile Health Team reinforces care in the DSEI Xingu, in Mato Grosso
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health sent a team of professionals to reinforce the basic care provided by the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Xingu in the villages of Mato Grosso. The SESAI Mobile Health Team is made up of a general practitioner, nurses and nursing technicians and is working in the villages of the Xingu DSEI from May 20 to 27.
Consultations, nursing care, home visits, health monitoring of adults and children, health education activities, and testing for several diseases such as Covid-19, hepatitis, and syphilis are being carried out. According to the cases, tests are also requested and patients are referred for specialized care in the hospital network of nearby cities. This work is done in conjunction with the District´s Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI).
The current chief of the Yawalapiti village, Tapir Yawalapiti, who is the son of chief Aritana, thanked the reinforcement sent by SESAI. "First of all, I would like to thank this team that came from Brasilia to serve the population of the Upper Xingu. I am very concerned about this variant of Covid-19 that arrived in the Xingu, I am very grateful for this support to the entire indigenous population", he said.
The mobile team has also used the methodology of conversation rounds, with the use of masks and distance between participants, to reinforce the guidelines of the Ministry of Health about the transmission of Covid-19, the forms of prevention, and the importance of immunization. The Xingu DSEI has already vaccinated 79% of the population aged 18 or older against Covid-19 with the first dose, and 65% with the second dose. The District serves a population of more than 8,000 indigenous people, in more than 100 villages, 10 Basic Indigenous Health Units (UBSI), 4 Base Poles, and 4 Indigenous Health Support Houses (CASAI).