Alto Rio Solimões DSEI equips Base centers for the care of patients with COVID-19
The Alto Rio Solimões Special Sanitary District (DSEI) concluded in May the installation of three new Base centers in the municipalities of Tabatinga and São Paulo de Olivença, in the State of Amazonas, to subsidize the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) and better serve the indigenous villages of the region. The construction work and the acquisition of equipment, transportation and inputs are done with resources from the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health.
The Campo Alegre Base center, in the city of São Paulo de Olivença, and the new Umariaçu I and Umariaçu II Base center, in the city of Tabatinga, were delivered fully equipped. These units reinforce the assistance to the villages and help combat the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
In addition to the construction work, the District acquired three speedboat-ambulances - emergency transport vessels for patients, equipped with oxygen cylinders, to remove villagers to the cities. It also purchased outboard motors that will make it possible to transport indigenous people to the Unified Health System (SUS) care units. Most of the 236 villages assisted by the EMSI are in a difficult to reach river area.
To reduce the possibility of contagion from COVID-19, the DSEI committed resources for the purchase of ten thousand units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the approximately 900 health professionals. The use of PPE is a mandatory procedure, guided by SESAI, to ensure the protection of EMSI and patients during basic health care in villages. In May, the Districts complete the vaccination against influenza and immuno-preventable diseases of the "Indigenous Population Vaccination Month" campaign.
Several sanitary barriers have also been set up at village entrances to prevent access by people who are not part of the community and thus minimize contact with possible COVID-19 infections. The barriers organized by the DSEI have the support of the municipal governments, Civil Defense, Military Police and indigenous leaders.
According to the Alto Rio Solimões DSEI coordinator, Weydson Pereira, although the region has the highest number of infected by COVID-19, compared to the other Districts, recovery is much higher than that of deaths. "We are monitoring all influenza syndromes within the villages, with daily follow-up, to ensure that we have a large percentage of people recovered. Despite the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have a large percentage of patients who have gone into healing. Our mission is to prevent deaths and ensure that the indigenous people of the village have a good recovery," he says.
In total, the DSEI has 13 Base centers, 15 Indigenous Health Units and one Indigenous Health House (CASAI) to serve more than 70,000 villagers.