Podcast: How does water get to the villages? SESAI´s strategy to combat diseases
Water is health! And don´t confuse yourself: transparent water is not the same as clean water. And it is with this perspective that the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, maintains experts in sanitation in indigenous territories, monitoring water quality and its correct management, with the goal of providing more health.
In the third episode of SESAI CAST - SESAI´s official podcast - SESAI´s technical supporters in sanitation, Gilliard Nunes and Davi Machado, reveal the peculiarities of how the water supply systems are built in the villages and how the water which the indigenous people have access is treated.
People are used to imagining an indigenous person who lives only in the forest, who drinks water only from the river that passes near his village when, in fact, we have several realities in Brazil, including those indigenous people who can only access water through wells, or water tank trucks, but in all these cases the water must be treated so that it can be consumed in a healthy way, clarifies Gilliard.
With indigenous people spread all over Brazil, access, distribution, and treatment of water offered by SESAI are uniquely suited to the region where these indigenous people live. Davi explains that for each region or indigenous territory, SESAI conducts a study of the soil, the type of rock, in addition to observing other parameters, in order to be able to offer drinking water with quality.
In the Northeast Region, for example, in some places SESAI provides access to water by drilling wells, but after studies carried out in the region we realized that the water extracted had a high salt content, and then SESAI came in with desalinizers and with the treatment that is standard for all regions, ranging from the use of chlorine to the installation of filters, he pointed out.
The program guests also praised the participation of the indigenous people in raising the awareness of the population and also in maintaining the quality of water that is being consumed by all. Being a permanent link between the indigenous people and the Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI) in each territory.
The indigenous sanitation agent plays a very important role within the village. He is the one who monitors the quality of the water, from its color and smell to its taste. He calls the DSEI teams in case of irregularities and we can also say that his performance in the village is a good strategy because he has the trust of the other indigenous people. Imagine if someone offers you a little bag with hypochlorite and tells you to put it in the water. If you don´t understand, you won´t do it, that´s the same with the indigenous people, concluded Gilliard.
This edition of SESAI CAST can be heard on all major podcast platforms, such as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Podcast.
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