Ministry of Health opens first hospital ward for indigenous people in Amazonas
The Government of Brazil in partnership with the state of Amazonas has inaugurated, on Tuesday (26), a hospital ward for the indigenous with COVID-19. This is an unprecedented initiative in the country that will provide adequate care for the indigenous communities of Amazonas. The structure was installed at the Nilton Lins Hospital in Manaus (AM). The inauguration was attended by the interim Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, the Governor of the State of Amazonas, Wilson Lima and the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva.
The new ward has 53 beds, being 33 clinical beds, 15 Intensive Care Units (ICU) and 5 Intermediate Care Units, with possibility of expansion. Nilton Lins Hospital was inaugurated on April 18 with 95 beds for treatment of patients with COVID-19.
"This action is the result of teamwork. It is the first service aimed at the indigenous population with COVID-19. I am sure that this initiative will be a milestone in our fight against COVID-19. The hospital is prepared to receive indigenous patients with adequate space and capacity for care, always respecting the culture of indigenous peoples," said the interim minister of health, Eduardo Pazuello.
The secretary of SESAI, Robson Santos da Silva, highlighted that the initiative is the result of integrated action between the Federal Government, the State of Amazonas and the Manaus City Hall. "We have joined forces with the sole aim of saving lives during this pandemic. So far, we already have news of more than 300 indigenous recovered from COVID-19 and with this new service it will be possible to save much more," said the secretary.
Robson also warned that the population should not seek hospital service directly. "It is very important that the person with symptoms of COVID-19 first seek an open-door service such as health clinics or immediate care units (UPA) and, if necessary, these services will refer the patient to the hospital," clarified the secretary, who also reinforced that the Ministry of Health, through SESAI, is seeking the best support for states and municipalities in assisting the indigenous population.
The new ward of Nilton Lins Hospital will also have a nursing post, sanitization area, bathrooms, reception and administrative area. A space for spiritualization will be destined to the shamans - spiritual leaders of the indigenous peoples - and another area will be destined to set up nets in the clinical wards, respecting the culture of each ethnic group.
Transfers to the hospital will be made through the Amazonas Regulation Center. Patients who need to be removed will be included in a queue composed only of indigenous people and will be referred based on the clinical evaluation of doctors and nurses from the Central.
REINFORCEMENT IN THE AMAZON
The Federal Government has already sent more than R$ 213 million to the state of Amazonas to confront COVID-19. With R$ 78 million for the State Health Fund, R$ 2.6 million for the Getúlio Vargas Hospital and R$ 132.4 million for the municipalities. More than 1.5 million Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 232,000 COVID-19 tests, 176,000 rapid tests, 110 respirators, 1.3 million flu vaccines and 438,000 boxes of medicines have also been delivered. The Amazon is the Brazilian state with the largest number of indigenous people. According to IBGE, the state has about 183,000 indigenous people. Of these, 70% live in villages.
The Ministry of Health, through SESAI, delivered two tons of equipment on May 17 and 18 for the Military Hospitals in the municipalities of Tabatinga and São Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM) for reinforcement in the fight against COVID-19. Defibrillator respirators, supplies, medicines and PPEs were delivered. The Ministry of Defense has also temporarily displaced eleven health professionals from the Military Hospital of Brasília Area to reinforce the assistance to the population at the Hospital of São Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM). There are two doctors, a physiotherapist, two nurses and six nursing technicians.
ACTIONS TO COMBAT COVID-19 IN THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION
Since January of this year, the Ministry of Health has been implementing several information, prevention and combat actions for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to guide indigenous communities, managers and employees throughout Brazil. With the current expectation of the growth of COVID-19 infections in Brazil, the efforts of the Ministry of Health, through SESAI, along with the 34 Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI) have been reinforced to ensure the health of indigenous peoples.
The detection and correction of possible problems and the execution of new actions, based on the protocols established by the Ministry of Health for the fight against Coronavirus, respecting the specificities of indigenous peoples, have been frequent. The Federal Government continues to work to assist more than 800,000 indigenous villagers and those present throughout the country.
To this end, it has been directing maximum attention to the indigenous health multidisciplinary teams and other professionals who work to implement the National Contingency Plan for Human Infection by the new Coronavirus in indigenous peoples.Watch the entire press conference with the announcement of the inauguration - 26.05.2020
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