Mission to Combat COVID-19 arrives at DSEI Kayapó do Pará
This Tuesday (17) begins the Interministerial Mission to Combat COVID-19 in the Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) Kayapó in Pará. Until November 24, the task force of the Federal Government carries out health care directly in the villages of the Kayapó and Atikum ethnic groups with supplies sent by the Special Indigenous Health Secretariat (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health and 26 health professionals from the Armed Forces of the Ministry of Defense.
SESAI sent more than 20,000 medications and about 10,000 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to strengthen the Indigenous Multidisciplinary Health Teams (EMSI) that operate in the region. Among the 26 health professionals of the Armed Forces are general practitioners, gynecologists, pediatricians and veterinarians to assist the indigenous people of the São Felix do Xingu, Tucumã, Ourilândia and Redenção Base Poles. The expectation is that more than 6 thousand indigenous people will be attended.
This is the 17th Interministerial Mission of the Operation to Combat COVID-19 to bring medical care and strengthen the confrontation of the pandemic in an indigenous area. The EMSI of the DSEI Kayapó do Pará has 99 professionals who carry out Primary Care to the indigenous people directly in the villages. They are doctors, nurses, dentist surgeons, oral health assistants, nursing technicians, indigenous health and sanitation agents, among the professionals in the area. The health structure is composed of 17 Basic Units of Indigenous Health (UBSI) and four Houses of Indigenous Health (CASAI) providing care to the local population.
Action during the pandemic
The Federal Government has developed a National Contingency Plan for Human Infection by Coronavirus in Indigenous Peoples that details how health teams should act according to each case. The DSEI also prepared their respective District Contingency Plans for the different situations of confrontation of COVID-19, respecting the characteristics of each people and their specific needs. All this planning and early study results in more efficient care directly in the villages.
In all cases, the DSEI teams have acted within the planning and carried out the isolation of the infected, suspicious cases and the transfer to the state and municipal public network of patients who need specialized support in hospitals. To this end, SESAI uses a fleet of vehicles, boats, and aircrafts to remove indigenous people to the reference network of the Unified Health System (SUS) of the nearest city.