Litoral Sul DSEI trains indigenous health teams and villages to attend to cases of COVID-19
Since the new coronavirus (COVID-19) arrived in Peruíbe (SP) in early April, the Litoral Sul Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) has intensified actions in its health care units to protect village communities. The actions follow technical guidelines from the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health to prevent the dissemination of COVID-19.
The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) of the Peruíbe Base center, together with the Baixada Santista Regional Health Department, tested indigenous people from the Piaçaguera and Rio do Azeite Villages, in Peruíbe (SP), and the Tenonde Porã Village, in São Paulo (SP), where the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were identified in the District.
The EMSI has followed the recommendations of the District Contingency Plan and other protocols of the Ministry of Health in monitoring these indigenous people. To date, no serious cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the villages under Litoral Sul DSEI management. All positive cases are in home isolation.
Health professionals have reinforced the guidance to communities, mainly through lectures and conversation roundtables. These are preventive actions in the villages that seek to make the indigenous population aware of the precautions in this moment of pandemic.
The DSEI has also monitored the villages served by the Municipal Health Secretariat of São Paulo. Health teams have begun to identify sites in the villages for the isolation of indigenous people with the confirmation of COVID-19, avoiding the spread of the disease to other family members. Adjustments were made in the local Center for Indigenous Education and Culture (CECI) to receive patients who do not need hospitalization.
The Litoral Sul District purchased gallons of disinfectant, liquid soap, alcohol, thermometers, N95 masks and disposable aprons. Health professionals at the Base centers have been making cloth masks for distribution to indigenous people. In addition, there is an incentive for health professionals to receive training on COVID-19 through the online courses of the UNA-SUS and AVASUS platforms on the Internet.
The Base centers have also received hygiene and cleaning products and masks from the Municipal Health Secretariats and public universities. The Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and the State University of Ponta Grossa have sent alcohol, facial protectors and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Paraná Civil Defense provided 170 sleeping kits to be used in isolation for indigenous people.