Indigenous Health Mission at DSEI Kayapó do Pará registers more than 5K attendances
Ourilândia do Norte (PA) - The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, carried out 5,144 consultations between November 17 and 23 during the Operation to Combat COVID-19 in the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Kayapó do Pará.
With the support of 26 health professionals, sent by the Ministry of Defense, in reinforcement of the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) of the DSEI, the indigenous communities of the Tucumã Base Pole, São Félix do Xingu, Redenção and Ourilândia received care in several specialties, such as pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry and general medicine.
This was the 17th Interministerial Mission of the Operation to Combat COVID-19 to bring medical care to indigenous areas. According to the DSEI coordinator, Lázaro Marinho, "this action comes at the right time, because it reinforces the work that has been done by the DSEI team since the beginning of the pandemic, which has always been to guide and treat the indigenous people in our region," he said.
For the administrative coordinator of the Interministerial Mission, Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Raylen, "the mission was a success and we are sure that this experience lived by the professionals of the Armed Forces will leave a professional and personal legacy for each one, in the certainty also that we have made a difference in the life and health of the indigenous people.
The EMSI of the DSEI Kayapó do Pará has 99 professionals who take Primary Care to the indigenous people directly in the villages. They are doctors, nurses, dentist surgeons, oral health assistants, nursing technicians, indigenous health and sanitation agents, among the professionals in the area. The health structure is composed of 17 Basic Units of Indigenous Health (UBSI) and four Houses of Indigenous Health (CASAI) providing care to the local population.
The commitment of the nursing professionals of the DSEI, especially the Technical Responsible (RT), is evidenced in the treatment of the sick indigenous people. To take a medicine, for example, be it a pill or syrup, the indigenous Kayapó needs to go to a Basic Health Unit (UBSI) or a pharmacy, installed in the village itself. Fernando is a pharmacist at DSEI Kayapó and explains that "after being seen by the doctor, the indigenous person goes with the prescription to the pharmacy, there instead of giving the medicine to him and explaining the dosage, we retain the prescription and create a calendar with date and time for this indigenous person to come to the place to take the medication correctly. When he does not show up we take the medication to his home to avoid interrupting the treatment," he said.
Technology in Healthcare
A biomedicine company sent volunteers to perform tests for COVID-19 using ultra data processing and Artificial Intelligence. According to biomedicine Ana Alvarez, with a simple, rechargeable device, which is backed up by the internet, it can replace large processing machines, which consume a lot of energy and are unfeasible for isolated regions. "We were able to offer a decentralized laboratory that with just a few drops of blood and this data reading device we were able to use artificial intelligence and the analysis of a biomedical deliver the report of an exam in a few minutes and with more than 99% reliability. Soon we will be able to offer exams that will be better aligned with the indigenous reality," he concluded.
Action during the pandemic
The Federal Government has developed a National Contingency Plan for Human Infection by Coronavirus in Indigenous Peoples that details how health teams should act according to each case. The DSEI also prepared their respective District Contingency Plans for the different situations of confrontation of COVID-19, respecting the characteristics of each people and their specific needs. All this planning and early study results in more efficient care directly in the villages.
In all cases, the DSEI teams have acted within the planning and carried out the isolation of the infected, suspicious cases and the transfer to the state and municipal public network of patients who need specialized support in hospitals. To this end, SESAI employs a fleet of vehicles, boats, and aircrafts to remove the indigenous people to the reference network of the Unified Health System (SUS) of the nearest city.