Medio Rio Solimoes and Afluentes DSEI intensifies actions against malaria and COVID-19
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, through the Medio Rio Solimoes and Afluentes DSEI, is carrying out actions to confront the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and combat malaria in the villages of the Base Centers of the municipality of Jurua (AM). The District has sent Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) to provide qualified assistance to approximately 600 indigenous people in eight villages this August. The objective of the action is to identify patients with symptoms of COVID-19 and malaria to perform rapid tests for both diseases. In addition to the treatment of symptoms, EMSI carries out vaccination against immuno-preventable diseases such as measles and influenza, and provides other basic services such as prenatal care and monitoring the health of indigenous people. The action has the support of the City Hall of Jurua (AM). The teams are composed by a doctor, 2 nurses, 5 nursing technicians, 2 Endemic Agents, 8 Indigenous Health Agents (AIS) and 3 Sanitation Agents (AISAN). The Endemic Agents, AIS and AISAN reinforce the combat against malaria by performing sprays, cleaning of the margins, deviation of the water flow and control of the vegetation around the houses. In this way, they avoid the spread of malaria by the nail mosquito (Anopheles), whose female is the transmitter of the protozoan that causes the disease.