The Mobile Health Team of SESAI underwent training to enter an indigenous area
Eight health professionals were hired by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health to act in situations that require a rapid response from the Federal Government in an indigenous area. There are 2 doctors, 3 nurses and 3 nursing technicians at the disposal of SESAI who will provide support to the Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI) during the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and other situations that need to be reinforced as an action in endemic areas and in vaccination campaigns.
They are being trained on the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASI/SUS), the National Policy for the Health Care of Indigenous Peoples, the SESAI structure, and the COVID-19 combat. "This team was set up by SESAI inspired by the success of the Rapid Response Teams (ERR) of the DSEI for direct action in the fight against COVID-19. However, it will have greater scope and will act in other actions such as combating undernutrition and infant mortality," explains Monique Coimbra, Cabinet Advisor of SESAI.
They are also being instructed on the epidemiological specificities of the regions, the differences between ethnic groups and respect for traditions and traditional medicines. For the general practitioner, Danuta Duarte, selected in the selection process to compose the Volante Team, this is an opportunity to meet the indigenous people of Brazil and collaborate with the public health of the country at this time of pandemic. "It is important to observe the cultural differences and know how to respect them. Our conception of the world is ethnocentric," he says.
The Nurse Virgília Gomes was a teacher in the nursing course and applied for the position to obtain more experience in public health. "It will be a new experience in a different context of health care and be able to contribute as a professional. The public health area is an area that I really like and I am very interested in acting".
The Mobile Health Team of SESAI is preparing for the first mission in an indigenous area that should take place later this month of October. In total, SESAI has over 20,000 workers in indigenous areas, 14,200 of whom are health professionals who take basic care directly to the villages.