DSEI Yanomami receives reinforced health care from the SESAI Mobile Health Team
The team of health professionals hired by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health especially to reinforce the services provided in various parts of the country arrived for the second time this year in the Yanomami Special Indigenous Sanitary District. The SESAI Mobile Team has already carried out missions to various DSEI, for the Yanomami, more precisely in the region served by the Polo Base Auaris, there were two doctors, two nurses and two nursing technicians who joined the professionals already working in the region.
In all, the professionals provided 5,405 consultations and procedures to the indigenous population of the Ye´kuana and Sanoma ethnic groups. From medical consultations to procedures to combat tungiasis, the professionals performed during the mission that took place between June 14 and 20.
One of the novelties of this mission was the on-site blood tests. Hilab Laboratory took to the village an equipment that allows the delivery of results in a short time after blood collection. During their stay in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, the professionals conducted 143 tests of various types and all the results were analyzed by health professionals who have already prescribed the necessary treatment for each patient. This was the first time that the laboratory carried out an action with the equipment in off-line mode, that is, without electricity or internet. Even so, the results were delivered to the patients before the end of the mission.
Among the tests performed in the villages attended were Anti HBSAg, bHCG, Covid IgG IgM, Covid Antigen, Dengue IgG IgM, Dengue NS1, Renal Function, Glycemia, HCV, HIV, Glycated Hemoglobin, Lipid Profile, PSA, Syphilis, Zika Virus IgG IgM, all with results ready within 30 minutes.
For the doctor Matheus Naves, who is part of the Mobile Team, it was seven days of hard work in the Yanomami indigenous land. "They are people who, due to their isolation, do not have many chronic diseases and are affected by diseases such as worms and parasites, like tungiasis. The action was a reinforcement to the work that is already being done there and I am sure that it will give many good results", explained the doctor.
During the six-day mission, the professionals attended to indigenous people from 20 communities. For the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, this is an important effort that expands the number of services in the villages and reduces the need to travel for indigenous people. "The Traveling Team is an unprecedented initiative that is providing excellent results for indigenous health", explained the Secretary.
Investments- The Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, has already allocated more than R$ 113 million to bring basic health to the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Yanomami during the pandemic caused by Covid-19. There were R$ 77 million in 2020 alone, being R$ 42 million in health and sanitation actions, R$ 35 million in human resources and R$ 523 thousand in supplies for Covid-19. This year, another R$ 25 million have already been made available for health and sanitation actions and R$ 11 million for human resources.
There was no lack of investment from the Federal Government to attend to approximately 28 thousand indigenous people, in an area of 106 thousand km2 of Amazon forest, on the border between the states of Amazonas and Roraima and the border with Venezuela. The majority of this population is of the Yanomami ethnicity, considered to be of recent contact, who live in the middle of dense forests, whose only access is by air transport.
Reaching this population requires facing logistical, climatic, and cultural difficulties. The District´s Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) spend 30 days serving in Basic Health Units (UBSI), in the middle of the Amazon jungle, and traveling several miles on foot, where helicopters cannot reach, crossing rivers and streams, to bring vaccination and medical care to children, adults, and the elderly.
Of the R$ 42 million in 2020, R$ 29 million were used in flying hours to transport teams, supplies, and patients. In 2021, R$ 8 million had already been paid to the airlines by May 23. The Federal Government is sparing no effort to bring basic health care to the most remote indigenous populations in Brazil. This year, 2021, SESAI authorized the bidding of an additional R$8.3 million for the purchase of hospital supplies, equipment, and medical materials for the District. All the purchases are made through public bidding, electronic auction or minutes of price registration.
Text: Murilo Caldas/NUCOM/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda/NUCOM/SESAI