Mission to Combat COVID-19 provides 1,300 consultations in Mato Grosso do Sul
The Federal Government provides basic care to indigenous communities of Brazil through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health. Faced with the pandemic caused by COVID-19, SESAI acquired 1.9 million items among rapid tests, medicines and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to reinforce the work done by the teams of the 34 Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI) in facing the new coronavirus.
This weekend, from August 21 to 23, three teams made up of professionals from SESAI Brasilia and the Mato Grosso do Sul Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI), traveled through the villages of the Base Center of Sidrolandia (MS). More than 1,300 health care services and 1,2 thousand rapid tests for COVID-19 were performed during three days of action in indigenous communities.
Before starting the consultations, the mission coordinators met with the leaders and chiefs of the communities. "I want to thank the Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI team, on behalf of my community and our leadership, Chief Claudenir, for the joint action," said Ediel Reginaldo, leader of the Agua Azul village.
The services were carried out in the indigenous schools of 12 villages to cover the surrounding population. "They are doing a quick test collection and some basic health care for those in need. On behalf of our community in Alagoinha, we thank SESAI for their assistance," emphasized Jurandir Gabriel Lopes, President of the Lagoinha Tribal Council.
On Tuesday (25), these teams will travel to the south of the state taking care of the villages, until Sunday (30), with the support of the Health Secretariats of Mato Grosso do Sul and the municipalities of Japora, Tacuru and Caarapo. All professionals are using PPE in action, such as masks, overalls, face protector and gloves. They had to present negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 before the mission and they are also doing the quick test before starting the services in the Base Centers.
This is the second phase of the COVID-19 Combat Mission in the Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI that has been taking place since the beginning of the month. The first phase took place from August 5 to 9 at the Aquidauana Base Center and with support from the Ministry of Defense and the Government of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. On that occasion, infectologists, gynecologists, pediatricians and general practitioners of the Armed Forces and the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) of the DSEI made 1,229 consultations.
To support the mission to confront COVID-19 at the Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI, the Ministry of Health sends reinforcement of health professionals of the Armed Forces, this Tuesday (25), to fulfill a schedule of actions in the municipalities of Miranda and Aquidauana. The team of doctors, nurses and nursing technicians will take health care and rapid testing to COVID-19 to the indigenous people of the Base Centers of these two municipalities. Although Aquidauana received care in the first phase of the mission, the coordination of SESAI raised the need to return and strengthen care on site.
DSEI Mato Grosso do Sul
The DSEI MS brings primary care services to approximately 80,000 indigenous people from eight ethnic groups, most of whom are Terena, Guarani Nhandeva and Guarani Kaiowa. It has 703 health professionals, 48% of whom are indigenous. In total, there are 30 doctors working in the District, 11 of whom are from the More Doctors Program. SESAI has already authorized the hiring of more health professionals in addition to the hiring of a Rapid Response Team (ERR) to act directly in the confrontation of COVID-19. Doctors, nurses and nursing technicians will be hired on a permanent basis. So far, SESAI has sent 118,521 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and rapid tests to Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI. The District has autonomy to acquire supplies and equipment. The stock of each strategic item related to COVID-19 is monitored by SESAI weekly.
So far it has employed more than R$ 24 million in the confrontation of COVID-19 in the DSEI Mato Grosso do Sul.
For more information, see http://saudeindigena.saude.gov.br/