FUNAI and Alagoas-Sergipe DSEI installs sanitary barriers at the entrance of villages
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, through the Alagoas and Sergipe Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) set up sanitary barriers at the entrances of villages near the urban area in conjunction with the National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) and municipal governments. The objective is to prevent access to the Indigenous Lands by people who are not from the communities and to provide guidance on prevention and symptoms of COVID-19 in the villages.
Four health barriers have been set up in the District, three in Alagoas, in the villages of Xucuru Kariri, Kariri Xoco and Tingui Boto, and one in Sergipe, in the village of Xoco. The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams and health professionals of the Municipal Health Secretariats check the temperature and give guidelines on the use of masks and constant hygiene of hands.
The DSEI prepared the District Contingency Plan for Human Infection by the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indigenous Peoples and acquired equipment, supplies and rapid tests to assist the indigenous population. It also hired a Rapid Response Team (ERR) to actively search for people with symptoms similar to those of the new coronavirus and perform the tests of COVID-19 in the indigenous population.
The ERR of the District is formed by a doctor, 2 nurses and 4 nursing technicians. "This team came to decrease the cases of infected. The cases of COVID-19 are falling considerably," says the coordinator of the DSEI Alagoas and Sergipe, Ivaldo Melgueiro.
The headquarters of the District, the Base Centers and the Indigenous Health Basic Units (UBSI) are being sanitized with the support of the Brazilian Army and the municipal governments. The vehicles also undergo periodic sanitization to reduce the risks of contamination of patients and health professionals.