DSEI Bahia invests in renovation of UBSI and expansion of water system in the villages
Providing basic sanitation and adequate health care to the indigenous people are also attributions of the Special Indigenous Health Secretariat (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, through the Special Indigenous Health Districts (DSEI). Therefore, the DSEI Bahia has been investing in works to serve the indigenous population and to improve the water supply in the villages of the Porto Seguro, Paulo Afonso, and Pau Brasil Base Poles.
Indigenous people of the Pataxó ethnicity will benefit from the renovation and expansion of the Basic Indigenous Health Unit (UBSI) of the Coroa Vermelha village, in the municipality of Santa Cruz Cabrália (BA). The construction of the UBSI began this year and will benefit about 5,000 indigenous people from the Porto Seguro Base Pole. The new structure will have rooms for medical and dental care, procedures, among others. The old health center, which is next door, is being renovated to serve as administrative support for the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI).
In the Paulo Afonso Base Pole, the indigenous people of the Pankararé ethnicity are receiving special attention in the distribution of water to the houses in the Brejo do Burgo village in the municipality of Glória (BA). The team from the Indigenous Environmental Building and Sanitation Service (SESANI), from the Bahia DSEI, is building a water tank elevation that will increase water distribution to the 1.1 thousand indigenous people who live in the village. In the same region, the Baixa do Chico village had its energy generator repaired this month for the functioning of the artesian well with the support of the Glória municipal government.
In the Pau Brasil Base Pole, the DSEI has just repaired the tanker that supplies the villages and is already distributing drinking water on a regular basis. The region, which covers the towns of Itaju do Colônia and Pau Brasil (BA), has brackish underground water, which is naturally unsuitable for consumption. "I come to thank the coordination of the DSEI Bahia, of SESAI, for fixing this truck. This transport is essential in our community because we have a very high demand for drinking water, especially in this period of drought," thanked Fábio Thitia, vice cacique of the Pataxó Hã-Hã-Hãe ethnic group.
The DSEI Bahia serves a population of about 33,000 indigenous people, from 28 ethnic groups, in 113 villages in nine Base Poles. Currently it has already vaccinated 76% of the population, over 18 years of age, served by the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS) and specificities of ADPF 709, with the first dose of the immunization against COVID-19.