DSEI Rio Tapajós promotes health actions with Munduruku ethnicity in the villages
Periodic tests help detect diseases and enable health professionals to treat them early on. That is why the Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) Rio Tapajós has promoted a series of medical consultations and examinations with the Munduruku ethnic group at the Base Pole of Jacareacanga, Pará, from October 31 to November 9. Tests for COVID-19, cholesterol, glycemia, hepatitis and other diseases were performed. It also had cytological, parasitological and malaria tests, among others. The action was carried out in partnership with the State Health Secretariat of Pará (SESPA) and the Federal University of Pará (UFPA).
The DSEI also held the Smile Action in the Village for 2,200 Munduruku indigenous people from the Caroçal Base Poles of Rio das Tropas and Restinga. There was distribution of a brushing kit for the children with brush, toothpaste and dental floss and had brushing classes supervised by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI). The distribution of the kit occurs four times a year in the villages. The educational action has the objective of minimizing impacts on oral health according to technical guidance from the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health.
During the last week of October, October 23 to November 1, the DSEI held the Zero Garbage Week Campaign with video contest in the villages. The villages Rio das Tropas and Mission São Francisco and the Indigenous Health Houses (CASAI) of Novo Progresso and Santarém participated in the action. The first place in the contest was the village Rio das Tropas that developed a project in partnership with the indigenous school Boro Muyatpo. The indigenous people made garbage cans and battery collectors with wood, they were identified in the Munduruku language. The garbage dumps were positioned at strategic points of the village as a way to reduce environmental impacts.
"During the presentation of the idea to the school leaders and teaching staff, some problems that the community has been facing regarding waste disposal were raised. The creation of garbage dumps with battery collectors is something new in this village, to encourage attitudes like this makes all the difference in the lives of the assisted population. We continue with the perspective of expanding our idea to others and thus make the population aware of this cause that belongs to everyone," explains the DSEI Rio Tapajós nurse, Kênia Castro, who monitored the contest in the village Rio das Tropas.