Federal and state governments deliver three more indigenous wards in hospitals in Pará
Populations served by 4 Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts will benefit from 70 hospital beds.
After the indigenous wards in Manaus and Macapá, the Federal Government is participating in the launching of three more specific wards for indigenous in hospitals in Pará. In partnership with the State Government, the Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health, provides an additional 70 exclusive beds for indigenous people served by the Guamá- Tocantins, Rio Tapajós, Kayapó do Pará and Altamira Special Indigenous Districts. In all, a village population of about 40,000 will benefit from the initiative.
In Belém, where there is a greater flow of indigenous patients referred for specialized treatment, there are 50 beds available in the indigenous ward. In Marabá, there are 10 exclusive beds for indigenous patients and in Santarém there will be another 10 beds.
"Exclusive wards are important in serving the indigenous peoples to ensure respect for their traditional medicine and also respect for the culture of each people. The effort of the Brazilian Government is to serve all Brazilians without leaving anyone behind," explained Robson Santos da Silva, Special Secretary of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health, who represented the interim Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, in the ceremony.
The opening of the indigenous wards guarantees that more beds will be available to receive indigenous patients who present more serious COVID-19 symptoms, challenging the municipal and state hospitals involved in fighting the pandemic.
Strategies to combat Coronavirus
In addition to the indigenous wards, to this date more than 600,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), health supplies and medicines have been sent to the 34 Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts (DSEIs) throughout the country. There are 372,700 surgical and N95 masks, 166,700 gloves, 13,400 aprons, 16,600 caps, 6000 bottles of alcohol gel and also more than 29,000 rapid tests that ensure the testing of all professionals who will enter the indigenous lands to serve the population.
Throughout the pandemic period, the Ministry of Health has developed strategies to improve care and one of the most recent is the creation of the Indigenous Primary Care Unit (UAPI). The units will strengthen the primary care services for indigenous health in the care of this population, providing the reception of suspected cases of Gripal Syndrome (GS) and early identification of cases of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health also carried out joint missions with the Ministry of Defense to send equipment, supplies and staff support to Military Hospitals that also serve the civilian population in Amazonas (São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Tabatinga and Atalaia do Norte/Vale do Javari).
A National Contingency Plan for Human Coronavirus Infection in Indigenous Peoples has also been drawn up, detailing how health teams should act in each case. The DSEIs also prepared their respective District Contingency Plans for the different situations faced by COVID-19, respecting the characteristics of each people and their specific needs. All this planning and advance study results in fast and efficient services directly executed in the villages.