Ministry of Health and the State of Amazonas work together in the fight against COVID-19
The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health, Robson Santos da Silva, met on Monday (25) with representatives from the State of Amazonas and the municipality of Manaus to strengthen actions to combat the coronavirus in the assistance to indigenous peoples. The Federal Government made itself available to the state and municipality to assist in sending supplies and training health professionals to assist the indigenous population.
"Our goal here is to save lives, and that is why we are working together to improve our service and announce other important measures that add to those already adopted by the Federal Government to support the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Brazil," said Robson, who highlighted the dialogue as a fundamental tool for strengthening indigenous health.
The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Manaus Indigenous Health Special District (DSEI), in the capital of the Amazon, and was attended by representatives of the State and municipality, FUNAI, the Indigenous Health District Council (CONDISI) and the Federal Public Prosecutors Office (MPF). Currently, the state of Amazonas concentrates the largest indigenous population in Brazil.
HEALTH ACTIONS TO FIGHT COVID IN THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION
Since January of this year, the Ministry of Health has been implementing several information, prevention and combat actions for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to guide indigenous communities, managers and employees throughout Brazil. With the current growth of COVID-19 infections in Brazil, the efforts of the Ministry of Health, through SESAI, together with the 34 Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI), have been intensified to guarantee the health of indigenous peoples.
The detection and correction of possible problems and the realization of new actions, based on the protocols established by the Ministry of Health to combat Coronavirus, respecting the specificities of indigenous peoples, have been frequent. The Federal Government continues to work to assist more than 800,000 indigenous villagers throughout the country.
To this end, it has been directing maximum attention to the indigenous health multidisciplinary teams and other professionals who work to fulfill the National Contingency Plan for Human Infection by the New Coronavirus in Indigenous Peoples.
SHIPMENT OF SUPPLIES AND PPE
The Ministry of Health has already sent three shipments of supplies to the DSEI, totaling over 400,000 items. The first two deliveries were sent in April and the third in early May. SESAI has sent 183,400 surgical mask units to the DSEI so far; 25,790 N95 mask units; 166,100 disposable procedure gloves units; 11,332 disposable surgical apron units; 5. 800 units of disposable cap; 126 units of alcohol gel 70% (250mL); 5,664 units of alcohol gel 70% 500mL; 3 units of alcohol gel 70% 5L; 12 units of alcohol gel 70% 1L; 111 units of protective goggles and 10,580 units of rapid tests for COVID-19.
All these supplies complement the own inventories of the 34 DSEI, which also maintain permanent processes of equipment acquisition, thus enabling all employees and, consequently, indigenous people to be properly protected.Source: saude.gov.br
by Amanda Mendes, from Agencia Saude
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