DSEI Leste de Roraima intensifies testing and immunization against COVID-19
The Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) Leste de Roraima has been carrying out "Intensify Operation" since November 2020 with the objective of increasing testing for COVID-19 in the villages served by the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI). The District has a population of more than 52,000 indigenous people and the EMSI are testing the population with the support of the State Government.
To carry out the operation, the DSEI conducted an epidemiological mapping with the 348 villages that make up the DSEI and signed partnerships for the implementation of health barriers, testing, and awareness campaigns. "We sat down with the State government and the municipal governments to talk about the health barriers, the ways the indigenous people organize themselves and about the transmission of COVID-19", explains the DSEI nurse, Kenysson Rodrigues.
With the arrival of the vaccine against the new coronavirus, in February this year, the actions also started to reinforce the immunization campaign with awareness lectures. The EMSI have already been to the Cantagalo, Pium, and Milho Base Poles, among others. At the moment, they are working in the Sierras region, in the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Land, which is the largest, most populated, and most difficult to access region in the DSEI Leste de Roraima.
The pedagogical strategy of conversation rounds has been the best way to make the indigenous population aware of the transmission of COVID-19 and the importance of immunization. "When we arrive in the community, we explain, orient, give lectures, and hold conversation rounds. We called the indigenous leaders, give them a lecture and vaccinate the health professionals and the indigenous people. So just the fact that they see us and know that we are there to explain and clear up any doubts makes this action much bigger", says the DSEI nurse, Jailcy Souza da Silva.
So far more than 7.6 thousand tests for COVID-19 were performed in partnership with the State Government of Roraima. The immunization goal of the DSEI East of Roraima is 23 thousand indigenous people over 18 years old served by the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS) and specificities of ADPF 709. So far almost 9 thousand have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Vaccination is voluntary and the Ministry of Health recommends that pregnant, postpartum and lactating women, and people with rheumatic, immunological, and oncological diseases should have individualized assessment, and a shared decision between doctor and patient, to receive the immunization against COVID-19.