Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo DSEI intensify preventive actions to COVID-19
Bringing basic health care to the villages is the responsibility of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, through the Indigenous Special Health Districts (DSEI). Many communities are in areas of difficult access, which is why the Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo DSEI acquired a new boat in May for the Comboios Base center, in Aracruz (ES).
The boat will take the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) to the riverside houses of the Comboios River, where about 200 Tupiniquim indigenous live, and will also serve for the river crossing of the population.
Due to the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the District has intensified its visits to the villages and is conducting vaccination against influenza and immuno-preventable diseases of the Indigenous Peoples Vaccination Month (MVPI). It has also provided home care for the elderly and pregnant women to avoid displacement of the population to city hospitals.
EMSI professionals received training on COVID-19 and brought guidance to the villages through information materials while distributing masks and alcohol 70% to the population. The Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo DSEI received hygiene material kits, from the Vale S.A. Company, to make available to indigenous communities. In addition, the Base center of the municipality of Resplendor (MG) received a multifunctional cleaning cart from the Municipal Health Department.
To prevent COVID-19 from being disseminated in the villages, health barriers are being put in place that keep other people from entering the communities. In some cases, the indigenous people themselves have drawn up bilingual banners calling for collaboration in social isolation. In Aracruz (ES), the DSEI, the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and the Military Police are measuring the temperature and delivering masks and gel alcohol to vehicles on the highway that crosses the village towards the coast. The recommendation from SESAI is that indigenous people remain in isolation, avoid cities and agglomerations, and wash their hands constantly.
In addition, the District is conducting the selection of the Rapid Response Team, by edict, to act in the fight against the disease in the villages, in collaboration with the EMSI.