Intensive Health Mission combats COVID-19 in the DSEI Médio Rio Solimões e Afluentes
The team from the Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) Médio Rio Solimões e Afluentes (MRSA), with the support of the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, traveled through the villages of the Mucura Base Pole, between September 29 and October 13, actively searching for suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, in addition to providing medical care, vaccination and distribution of medicines and condoms.
The route was done primarily by boat, since the vast majority of the villages served were riverside communities. In all, the team formed by general doctors, nurses and nursing technicians of the DSEI served 2,660 indigenous people.
SESAI sent medicines, vaccines, supplies and equipment to support health professionals. According to the Indigenous Health Agent (AIS), Eumásio Pereira de Sousa, from Monte Moriá village, this support was fundamental.
"We have to thank the SESAI team for the oxygen concentrators that arrived here in the village to treat cases of medium complexity," says Eumásio, and adds. "DSEI MRSA has adapted its health planning to the reality of the riverside indigenous communities during the pandemic," recalls the agent.
Eumásio also talks about his day-to-day work since the beginning of the pandemic. "We are here fighting against COVID-19, maintaining the isolation, making the active search for cases, and when necessary, referring patients to the municipal health network. Our greatest desire is to look into the eyes of the children and see a smile again, as well as to give back to the people in the group at risk peace and quiet," he concluded.
For the president of the Indigenous District Council (CONDISI) of DSEI MRSA, Otinelson Ribeiro, the feeling is one of gratitude and that the strategy launched by DSEI/SESAI is working. "The presence of the health team in the village, during a pandemic, is a great satisfaction for the indigenous people", comments Otinelson and highlights the importance of continuous care. "Not only to fight COVID-19, but also other diseases, because our district is very large, there are 14 municipalities and 206 indigenous communities. Here we had the work of doctors, the work of dentists, nurses who went there, slept in the village and attended everyone. We just have to be grateful," he concluded.