Booklet provides information on coronavirus to indigenous peoples of Middle Xingu
Given the spread of the new coronavirus that has settled in the indigenous lands of the Middle Xingu region, nurse Tayane Moura Martins, author of the publication entitled CORONAVIRUS: orientations for indigenous peoples and other collaborators of the Altamira DSEI in partnership with Professor Ademir Ferreira da Silva Júnior, of the Federal University of Pará, produced an orientation booklet to be shared among the indigenous peoples. The material seeks to take information on the prevention of coronavirus in an easy and accessible way.
"The booklet "Coronavirus - Guidelines for Indigenous Peoples" will be of fundamental importance to raise awareness among the indigenous communities of the Middle Xingu about ways of preventing coronavirus, in the context of the indigenous villages. Linked to actions to contain the pandemic in indigenous lands, this booklet will instrumentalize health teams in conducting health education," points out Tayane Moura Martins, a nurse at Altamira DSEI.
The material was produced with the opinion of the Altamira Indigenous Health Social Control (Condisi), and its distribution is taking place electronically, via PDF, to the indigenous communities of the Middle Xingu.
"In addition, this educational technology is being translated into nine ethnicities of the Middle Xingu, with the goal of reaching about 4,440 indigenous people, distributed in 81 villages and six municipalities," explains the Indigenous Health district coordinator of Altamira, João Feliciano Caramuru dos Santos.
The booklet was prepared with the objective of guiding the indigenous peoples about Covid-19, since the indigenous population is also part of the group that can develop the disease in the most serious form, which has already become a reality among indigenous peoples in several regions of Brazil and in the Xingu region. Given this scenario, it is essential to adopt prevention measures to ensure that the disease does not reach high levels in this risk group," says Ademir Ferreira da Silva Júnior, professor at the Medical School - Altamira Campus.
The information was elaborated with accessible language, because the proposal is to show basic concepts about the pandemic situation and forms of prevention in the indigenous context, according to the recommendations of the Brazilian health institutions and the World Health Organization.
"The booklet explains how to wash your hands and how to seek help from the multidisciplinary and indigenous health teams of the villages, CASAI and DSEI, in the case of medical assistance, suspicion or findings of Covid-19," reveals Patricia Resende Barbosa and Ana Lucia Pereira co-authors of the work.The Booklet
- The work presents an illustrated content with easy-to-understand texts that seek to clarify questions such as: what is the coronavirus, how to be infected, what are the symptoms, how to protect themselves, forms of remoteness (social isolation, quarantine, social distancing) and their concepts.
It was translated into ARAWETÉ, ARARA and PARAKANÃ dialect. The booklet also has a Portuguese version and is being translated to the other ethnic groups of the middle Xingu region.
Informativos- Cartilha sobre o Arara Koronavirus. - Cartilha sobre o CORONAVÍRUS - orientações para povos indígenas. - Cartilha PARAKANÃ CORONAVÍRUS - Morogeta goa awaete pe emomeo. - Cartilha ARAWETÉ CORONAVÍRUS - me erahi i i ahu PEMUKA AKU MYDEWI.