Ministry of Health and SESAI Secretary participate in an action at Upper Xingu
The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, accompanied by the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, were in the Upper Xingu last Monday (July 12) to monitor the beginning of the action "SESAI Mais Saúde Indígena" (SESAI More Indigenous Health).
"One of the priorities of the Ministry of Health is the indigenous health, which is coordinated by SESAI. I have been visiting several ethnic groups that are there and have monitored the services provided in primary care, including vaccination against Covid-19," said the minister.
Between July 12 and 26, the action will serve indigenous people in the Upper Xingu region, in Mato Grosso, with medical specialists and dental treatment using the latest technology. The action is a partnership between the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, and the Doctors of the Amazon Association. The health care and services are taking place at the Leonardo Base Pole of the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Xingu.
In addition to the presence of medical specialists, patients will be able to count on the service of eyeglasses prescription and dental prosthesis manufacturing, which are ready in up to 15 minutes. "It is a great action with positive results thanks to partnerships like this one. It shows that there is a need for an internalization of the service and we are going to look for this more and more", reinforced the secretary Robson Santos da Silva.
The choice of the area was agreed upon with local leaders and the action will have the capacity to provide 6,000 services. Twenty-four villages from 16 ethnic groups will be covered in the municipalities of Canarana, Feliz Natal, Gaúcha do Norte, Marcelândia, Nova Ubiratã, Paranatinga, Querência, São Felix do Araguaia and São José do Xingu. This is the largest action organized by the Doctors of the Amazon Association since its foundation in 2014, and is the 11th action carried out in partnership with SESAI in an indigenous area.
The Xingu DSEI has 3.9 thousand indigenous people aged 18 years or more, eligible to receive the immunization against Covid-19, and so far, has vaccinated 79% of the population with the first dose and 65% with the second dose. "It is worth mentioning that in relation to the indigenous people living in villages and in non-approved areas, the National Immunization Campaign against Covid-19 has already advanced well. We have more than 70% of the indigenous population vaccinated with the two doses of the vaccine and more than 80% vaccinated with one dose, recalled Minister Queiroga.
Text: Patrícia Rodrigues - Nucom/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/SESAI