Fight against COVID-19 at Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI performs 6 thousand health services
The Mission to Combat COVID-19 in the Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI) of Mato Grosso do Sul traveled more than a thousand kilometers in August. The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, carried out a task force to take more than nine tons of supplies and medical care to the Base Centers of Miranda, Aquidauana, Sidrolandia, Tacuru, Caarapo and Japora. Over six thousand health care services and almost 4.5 thousand tests for COVID-19 were performed with the support of health professionals from the Ministry of Defense, State and Municipalities. The majority of the population of the region is composed of Terena, Guarani and Kaiowa ethnic groups.
The mission reinforces the work of more than 700 health professionals from the District who routinely bring basic health care to almost 80,000 indigenous people of the DSEI. The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) divided to serve two regions simultaneously in the state, while one went west, the other went south. The first phase of the mission took place from August 5-9 at the Aquidauana Base Center. The second phase of the mission traveled through the municipalities of Sidrolandia, Miranda, Tacuru, Caarapo and Japora and again Aquidauana from August 20 to 30. The teams of the Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI actively searched for indigenous people with flu symptoms and visited the homes of older people performing tests for COVID-19. In addition to taking treatment for the symptoms and guidance on isolation, the EMSI advised on the need to stay in the villages, use of masks and constant hand washing.
The Ministry of Defense sent a reinforcement of 23 professionals of the Armed Forces to act in Miranda and Aquidauana in the period of August 25-30. Nursing technicians, nurses and general doctors, pediatricians, gynecologists and infectologists of the Armed Forces provided specialized care, which avoids the displacement of the indigenous people to the cities.
All the participants of the mission perform RT-PCR tests and presented the negative result before boarding. At each new stretch, the professionals were again tested for COVID-19. The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was mandatory according to technical guidance determined by the Ministry of Health.
The services were carried out in existing structures in the communities, such as schools and Indigenous Health Basic Units (UBSI), with support from the Indigenous Health District Council (Condisi) of Mato Grosso do Sul and village leaders.