Federal Gov. sends reinforcement to confront COVID-19 in Xavante Indigenous Lands in MT
Another inter-ministerial action will strengthen the fight against COVID-19 in an indigenous area. This time, the Ministries of Health and Defense are sending medical supplies and health care to the Xavante Indigenous Lands in Mato Grosso.
The mission will be divided into three phases during the period from July 27 to August 16. The first phase begins on Monday (27) and runs until Saturday (1), will serve the villages of the São Marcos and Campinápolis Base Centers of the Xavante Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI).
The Ministry of Health is sending 2.8 tons of medicines, rapid tests for COVID-19 and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as cap, gloves, hospital aprons and masks to supply the first phase of the mission and the Base Centers of the District.
The Ministry of Defense is responsible for the transport and logistics of the mission, which will bring 24 health professionals from the Armed Forces to MT. It will join the mission: general practitioners, gynecologists, infectologists, pediatricians, nurses and nursing technicians. They will reinforce, during the action, the local medical care provided by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) of the Xavante DSEI.
The specialized medical care of this action avoids the removal of patients to the municipal hospital network. In addition, the rapid tests for COVID-19 will help in the diagnosis of infection caused by the new coronavirus in the Xavante Indigenous Lands. Indigenous people will receive treatment for the mild symptoms of COVID-19 and guidance on social isolation and the use of PPE to confront the pandemic.
The next steps of the mission will take place in Aug. 3-9 in the Marãiwatséde Base Area and Aug. 10-16 in the Sangradouro Base Area of the Xavante DSEI.XAVANTE DSEI
The Xavante Special Indigenous Health District has 455 health professionals in an indigenous area that bring basic health services to 329 villages. Of these professionals, 281 are indigenous who work as Indigenous Health Agent (AIS) and Indigenous Sanitation Agent (AISAN). The “Mais Médicos” program has 10 doctors working in the District.
In addition, the Rapid Response Team (ERR) has a doctor, two nurses and a nursing technician who work directly in the fight against COVID-19. ERR works on the early identification of flu symptoms, applies rapid tests for COVID-19, advises on social isolation and treats the mild symptoms of the new coronavirus. In case of aggravation, the DSEI removes patients to the municipal or state health network.
All Districts have autonomy to purchase supplies on their own budget. In addition, SESAI has periodically sent personal protective equipment, supplies and rapid tests to the 34 DSEI throughout the country. Only for the Xavante DSEI, more than 23 thousand items were sent, being 1,920 rapid tests to COVID- 19.COVID-19 OPERATION
All the actions of the Ministry of Health, through SESAI, have been carried out since before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Pandemic. The Federal Government has carried out a series of inter-ministerial actions to confront COVID-19 in indigenous areas. Access here more information about the missions to fight COVID-19 in indigenous areas