SESAI sends 6 tons of supplies and medical reinforcement to villages in Mato Grosso do Sul
It begins this Thursday (20) another stage of the Mission to Combat COVID-19 in the villages of the State of Mato Grosso Sul, held by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Defense, State Government and municipal governments. Six tons of supplies are being sent by the Ministry of Health to the Mato Grosso do Sul Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI) to strengthen the action of indigenous health professionals who work directly in villages in the municipalities of Sidrolandia, Miranda, Japora, Tacuru, Caarapo, Iguatemi (MS) and again Aquidauana.
They are quick tests for COVID-19 and medicines for basic health care and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and facial protectors. In addition, three teams of SESAI composed of doctors, nurses and nursing technicians will go to the villages in order to carry out the next three phases of the operation.
The Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health (EMSI) teams will provide care and perform tests for COVID-19, treating the symptoms of the disease and referring positive cases for follow-up and monitoring. In case of need, patients can be removed to municipal or state hospitals of reference.
The first phase of the Mission to Combat COVID-19 took place from August 5 to 9, in the villages surrounding Aquidauana, with the support of health professionals from the Ministry of Defense and the State Government of Mato Grosso do Sul. On that occasion, 1,229 visits were made by infectologists, gynecologists, pediatricians and general practitioners of the Armed Forces and the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) of the DSEI.
The second phase of the mission began on Thursday (20) and runs until Sunday (23), in the villages of Sidrolandia. Another team, with the support of the Ministry of Defense, will serve in the villages of the municipality of Miranda, from August 25 to 28.
The third phase of the mission will travel through the villages in the southern region of the state, from August 25 to 30, in the municipalities of Japora, Tacuru, Caarapo and Iguatemi. Another team will again serve the villages of Aquidauana, in the north of the state from August 29 to 30.
The Mato Grosso do Sul DSEI brings basic care services to approximately 80,000 indigenous people of eight ethnic groups. It has 703 health professionals, 48% of them indigenous. In total, there are 30 doctors working in the District, 11 of them from the More Doctors program. SESAI has already authorized the hiring of more health professionals as doctors, nurses and nursing technicians for the District.