SESAI´s Mobile Health Team reinforces health care at DSEI Xingu
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health sent reinforcement for basic health care in the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Xingu in the period from January 26 to February 3. During the action, more than 2.5 thousand consultations were carried out in the villages of the Pavuru and Leonardo Base Poles.
SESAI sent a team consisting of a general practitioner, two nurses and three nursing technicians to give support to the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) of the DSEI. The District has 281 health professionals who serve a population of more than 8,000 indigenous people in four Base Poles in the state of Mato Grosso.
The SESAI´s Mobile Health Team carried out testing for COVID-19 and assisted the EMSI in the immunization against the new coronavirus with lectures and vaccine application. It also did home visits, testing for other diseases and health monitoring of children, the elderly and pregnant women. The orientation given by the teams to the indigenous people is to maintain social isolation, because two doses are needed for immunization, and to continue to wear masks and sanitize their hands frequently.
Karane Ikpeng, logistics coordinator of the Pavuru Base Pole, points out that the population accepted the immunization against COVID-19. "The vaccine was much awaited and at no time did the community refuse to take the vaccine, everyone was hoping that it would come soon and that everyone would be immunized, they know they have to take two doses", she explains.
The District also has 13 Indigenous Primary Care Units (UAPI) with oxygen therapy treatment for early treatment of mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. In case of need, patients are removed and referred to the medium and high complexity network of the Unified Health System (SUS), in the closest cities, where they are always accompanied by the EMSI.
Recently, the Xingu DSEI renewed the vehicle fleet with 22 pick-ups to serve all the Base Poles in the transportation of supplies, teams and patients. We also purchased 34 oxygen cylinders with 10 square meters for the UAPI and another 12 oxygen cylinders with 1 square meter for the aircrafts that carry out emergency transport.