Mission to fight COVID-19 serves Karajá indigenous people of DSEI Araguaia
The second phase of the Xavante Mission to confront COVID-19 continues to bring health care to the indigenous people of northern Mato Grosso. After a week working in the Base Centers of Campinápolis and São Marcos, the mission of the Federal Government is in an indigenous area of São Félix do Araguaia (MT) this week, from August 3 to 9. The objective is to serve the Karajá population of the Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI) Araguaia.
The mobilization and screening of indigenous patients is made by health professionals of the Araguaia DSEI, subordinated to the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health. The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) provide basic health services directly in the villages, such as vaccination and home visits. In the teams there are health and sanitation agents who are indigenous, residents of the villages, who act mainly as interpreters between doctors and patients.
The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), sent four tons of medical supplies to the mission. These are medicines, rapid tests for COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as cap, gloves, hospital aprons and masks. The material, divided for the three phases of the mission, has already been transported by the Armed Forces to the places of care. Only for the Araguaia DSEI a ton of supplies was sent.
In this second phase, the Ministry of Defense sent 14 health professionals from the Armed Forces to reinforce the work of the EMSI of the Araguaia DSEI. Nurses, nursing technicians and general practitioners, gynecologists and pediatricians presented the RT-PCR negative test for COVID-19 and underwent a health inspection and another rapid test before embarking for the mission.
In the first phase of the mission, from July 27 to August 2, health professionals of the Armed Forces performed 1,578 medical services with the support of health teams from the Xavante Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI) and the Municipal and Mato Grosso State Health Secretariats. The consultations took place in six villages of the Base Centers of Campinápolis and São Marcos.
The third phase of the Xavante Mission will take place from August 10 to 16 with services at the Sangradouro Base Center, at the DSEI Xavante.