Brazilian government assists municipalities in the interior of the Amazon
Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira and Tabatinga received two tons of equipment, materials and supplies, in addition to the reinforcement of health professionals to act in the front line of the fight against COVID-19.
The Brazilian Government has spared no efforts to save lives in the battle against the coronavirus. To ensure the best health care for Brazilians, the Ministry of Health, with support from the Ministry of Defense, delivered emergency aid to two municipalities in the interior of the Amazon. The cities of Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira and Tabatinga received two tons of equipment, materials and supplies between May 17 and 18, in addition to the addition of eleven health professionals who will work on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus.
The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health, Robson Santos da Silva, accompanied the task force of the Federal Government, in a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) flight, to the Amazonian municipalities with large indigenous populations. "The Federal Government is working in an integrated manner to confront COVID-19. In order to serve the populations of the interior of the state of Amazonas, including indigenous and non-indigenous people, the Ministries of Health and Defense are working together to provide equipment, PPE, supplies to expand the capacity of hospitals in Tabatinga and Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira," he said. The director of Indigenous Health Care, Andre Luiz Martins, also participates in the mission.
The Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira Military Hospital (HGuSGC) received seven units of portable aspirators; seven units of defibrillators; 15 oximeters and eight respirators. Materials and supplies were also provided, such as 300 bottles of 70% gel; 1,800 units of waterproof aprons; 5,000 units of disposable aprons; 4,000 units of caps; 3,000 units of N95 masks; 200 units of protective overalls and 70 units of goggles for surgical protection.
For the Tabatinga Military Hospital (HGuT) seven units of portable aspirators; seven units of defibrillators; 15 oximeters and 10 respirators were destined. It was delivered materials and supplies corresponding to: 3,000 disposable aprons; 8,000 disposable caps; 15,000 disposable masks with elastic; 1,000 N95 masks and five surgical goggles.
The Ministry of Defense also temporarily dislocated eleven health professionals from the Brasilia Military Hospital (DF) to reinforce the care to the population at the Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira Hospital. There are two doctors; one physiotherapist; two nurses and six nursing technicians.
Hiring health professionals and the acquisition of materials and supplies for the operation of health services is an assignment of states and municipalities. However, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government has used its purchasing power to provide unrestricted support to cities in the fight against the disease, strengthening the Unified Health System (SUS) to ensure due assistance to the population.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Secretary Robson Silva also emphasized that this action is part of an effort that adds to the more than R$ 100 million that the Federal Government has already distributed for the state of Amazonas to confront COVID-19. In addition to sending 10 ICU beds, of quick installation, as well as the allocation of R$ 1.4 million for maintenance.
Amazonas had also received from the Ministry of Health about 1.5 million PPE, such as masks, gloves, caps and aprons, besides alcohol gel; more than 232.7 thousand diagnostic tests, of which 176.9 thousand rapid tests (serology) and 55.8 thousand RT-PCR tests (molecular biology); 90 respirators; 1.32 million flu vaccine doses; 267 thousand Oseltamivir drugs and 171 thousand Chloroquine. Following the strategic action "Brazil counts on me", the state already has more than 13 thousand registered health professionals, and the first 387 professionals were hired by the Ministry of Health and sent to the state.
In the Alto Rio Negro indigenous territory, where Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira is located, there are more than 28,000 indigenous people, about 23 ethnic groups and 733 communities in an area of 294,000 km². Until May 18, there are six people infected in the Alto Rio Negro DSEI, two deaths and one cured case. In addition, there are 25 infected people in Alto Solimoes, with 11 deaths. There are also 125 clinical cures in the Alto Solimoes.
The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), serves more than 751,000 indigenous people living in villages throughout Brazil. There are 311 ethnic groups, distributed in 5,997 villages, through the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem, which is organized by 34 Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI). Last year, 272,594 medical, dental and nutritional consultations were made.
Based on the public health emergency decree due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has also taken actions to inform, prevent and combat the coronavirus, guiding indigenous communities, managers and employees throughout Brazil.
In addition, three shipments of supplies have already been sent to the DSEIs, totaling over 400,000 items. The first two shipments were sent in April and the third shipment in early May, as the more than 10,000 rapid tests for COVID-19. The Alto Solimoes DSEI has received more than 75 thousand items and the Rio Negro DSEI, 80 thousand items.Source: saude.gov.br
by Tinna Oliveira, from Agencia Saude
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