SESAI More Indigenous Health performs more than 12K consultations and procedures at Xingu
Chief Yacalu Kuikuru was small, but he remembers very well an outbreak of measles that occurred in the villages of the Xingu 60 years ago. At the time, there was no care, much less vaccine. That is why the "SESAI More Indigenous Health" action is so celebrated by him and all Xinguans.
"We are very happy that you are here. The diseases that are appearing today are not the same as in the past. Many things are changing and that is why the indigenous people of the Alto Xingu are very happy with this task force that is here with us," he said.
The happiness with the presence of the health professionals can be described in numbers. Between July 12 and 26, SESAI, in partnership with the Doctors of the Amazon Association and the Ministry of Defense, carried out more than 12,400 consultations and procedures.
The action provided specialized care with pediatricians, gynecologists, ophthalmologists, obstetricians, intensivists, and general practitioners. Besides these professionals, the indigenous population could also count on ophthalmologic and dental care.
During the action, the Xinguans performed refraction and funduscopic exams and the patients received custom-made glasses. It was also possible to have complete dental treatment with restorations, root canals, implants, and prosthetics. Two CADCAM systems were available for making prostheses within 15 minutes.
The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, and the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, were present at the opening of the action to closely follow the consultations.
"One of the priorities of the Ministry of Health is indigenous health, which is coordinated by SESAI. I have been visiting several ethnic groups that are there and I followed up on the services provided in primary care, including vaccination against Covid-19," said the minister.
In addition to the services, serological tests, laboratory and clinical exams, such as ultrasound, X-ray, pap smears, among others, were performed on site with medical reports. The Doctors of the Amazon Association, together with the DSEI Xingu, also set up a pharmacy on site to provide free medication with a prescription and pharmacist monitoring.
"It is a great action with positive results thanks to partnerships like this one. It shows that there is a need for an internalization of the service and this we will seek more and more", reinforced the secretary of SESAI Robson Santos da Silva.
The Ministry of Defense supported the action with transportation and accommodation logistics through the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Army. The Air Force transported 1.5 tons of dental supplies and medicines. In addition, the indigenous people were transported daily from their villages to the Leonardo Base Pole for care by the Brazilian Army.
The DSEI Xingu provides basic health services to about 8,000 indigenous people from 16 ethnic groups living in 120 villages. The District has 287 health professionals, among them Indigenous Health Agents (AIS) and Indigenous Sanitation Agents (AISAN) who live in the villages, and provide care in 4 Base Poles, 10 Basic Indigenous Health Units (UBSI), 4 Indigenous Health Support Houses (CASAI), and in visits to the communities.
The Xingu DSEI has 3.9 thousand indigenous people aged 18 or older, eligible to receive the immunization against Covid-19, and has already vaccinated 79% of the population with the first dose and 65% with the second dose. During the health action, the vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus and the vaccine update against other immuno-preventable diseases such as influenza, measles and rubella will also be reinforced.
Text: Patrícia Rodrigues - Nucom/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda – Nucom/SESAI