Alto Rio Negro receives Interministerial Action to Support Vaccination
On March 3, the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Alto Rio Negro received the Inter-ministerial Action to Support Vaccination against the COVID-19 disease in Indigenous Lands in the village of Iauaretê, in the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM).
The action was carried out by the Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), and the Ministry of Defense, through the Armed Forces. "We are continuing the National Plan for Vaccination in Indigenous Lands, serving 118 indigenous people who are able to receive this vaccination in the Taracuá Igarapé village," explained the technical advisor from SESAI.
Just like in the Taracuá Igarapé village, the indigenous people of the Santo Atanasio village were also vaccinated. The objective of the action was to carry out an active search to vaccinate those indigenous people who, for some reason, were not able to get vaccinated the first time the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Team (EMSI) was in the region.
"Today I took the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. I liked it because I had missed the first (team visit). Thank God today I took this vaccine", celebrated the indigenous health agent, Jovino Pinoa Socot.
So far, the Alto Rio Negro DSEI has vaccinated 44% of the population eligible for the vaccine in the DSEI. This means that more than 7,000 indigenous people received the first dose of the immunization. The numbers should vary in the coming days when the EMSI return from the villages located in areas of difficult access with updated vaccination rates.
Alto Rio Negro
The DSEI Alto Rio Negro serves a population of more than 28,800 indigenous people in an area of 138,020.94 km². The indigenous people belong to 54 ethnic groups and are distributed in 677 villages.
To serve them, the DSEI has 481 health professionals, 14 Basic Indigenous Health Units, 25 Base Poles, and an Indigenous Health House.
The District´s headquarters is located in São Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM), on the border with Colombia and Venezuela and 852 km from the state capital Manaus.
Nationwide, the Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), has already vaccinated more than 270 thousand indigenous people with the first dose and 152 thousand with the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 in the 34 Special Indigenous Health Districts (DSEI).
It is expected that 410 thousand indigenous people and 20 thousand indigenous health professionals will be immunized in the coming months. The immunization takes place in approximately 6 thousand villages and includes indigenous people of legal age and served by the SasiSUS and specificities of ADPF 709. So far, more than 96,500 indigenous people have received the second dose of the immunization and completed the cycle of vaccination against COVID-19.