Yanomami DSEI installs water chlorinators in villages
The quality of drinking water is important in promoting indigenous health, especially for those living in communities far from urban areas. For this reason, the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health implements actions aimed at improving sanitary conditions in villages.
Through the Yanomami Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI), SESAI is installing chlorinators in the water tanks of the Base centers and training the Indigenous Basic Sanitation Agents (AISAN) to periodically check the water quality. They are trained in the proper management of the application of zinc sulfate, water collection and reading of chlorine levels at the points installed in the community. Nineteen Yanomami villages have received the equipment by May. A further twelve chlorinators are being installed in the more distant villages.
Routine care by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) continues in the communities. Besides the active search for symptoms of diseases, there is also prenatal follow-up and child development.
During May, Yanomami DSEI conducted rapid tests in communities where cases of COVID-19 were identified to detect early cases of the disease. It also carried out vaccination against influenza and completed the Indigenous Peoples Vaccination Month (MVPI) calendar to prevent immuno-preventable diseases in villages.
The DSEI also performed the disinfection of the headquarters, House of Indigenous Health (CASAI) and the Indigenous Health Basic Units (UBSI). The District purchased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and received masks and three portable nebulizers from the Yanomami Hutukara Indigenous Association to equip the Base centers.