Rio Tapajós DSEI receives reinforcement for treatment of mild symptoms of COVID-19
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, through the Rio Tapajós Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) is equipping the Indigenous Health Basic Units (UBSI) to guarantee basic health care in the indigenous territories of southwest Pará during the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
The District purchased oxygen tanks, sleeping nets and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sent them to the Base centers. The Expedicionários da Saúde (EDS) organization delivered 20 oxygen concentrators and 13 fuel-powered power generators to the UBSI. The equipment was sent to the health care units, within the indigenous territories, for the treatment of patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19.
According to Rio Tapajós DSEI nurse Alan Simon, the devices help with oxygen therapy. "We already have positive results of using this device in cases of medium and low complexity, where patients do not need to be referred to hospitals, having a satisfactory result inside the villages," he explains.
The District sent three of these devices to the Jacareacanga Municipal Hospital (PA). According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the municipality has the largest indigenous population in the state of Pará, 41.4% of the population.
The Brazilian Army is also providing support in the disinfection of the DSEI headquarters to prevent risks of contamination among the workers, hygienizing spaces and surfaces of the building. The House of Indigenous Health (CASAI) Santarém has also been disinfected. Patients who were in temporary housing have returned and had a conversation about strengthening the immune system.
During the pandemic period, the District continued to vaccinate for influenza and measles and provide basic health care in the villages. In total, the Rio Tapajós DSEI serves more than 13,000 indigenous people who live in 160 villages.