DSEI Pernambuco conducts testing for COVID-19 in indigenous groups at risk
The Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) of Pernambuco is conducting a test for COVID-19 in villages in the municipality of Pesqueira (PE), from October 4th to 10th. The objective is to identify patients with COVID-19, bring treatment for the symptoms and guidance on disease prevention. The priority is to test indigenous people from risk groups, such as the elderly and pregnant women, and people with flu symptoms.
The recommendation of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, is that indigenous people remain in isolation in their villages and avoid agglomeration and displacement to cities to reduce contamination by the new coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) of the 34 DSEI are touring the villages carrying basic health care and prevention guidelines such as constant hand hygiene and the use of masks.
"This test has the objective to verify if the COVID-19 virus is circulating inside the village. With the result we will take the isolation and prevention procedures according to the SESAI technical reports", explains the DSEI Pernambuco nurse, Poliana Gomes De Oliveira.
The DSEI Pernambuco received 2,400 tests for COVID-19 from the Instituto Materno Infantil de Pernambuco and Banco Itaú to perform the diagnosis in villages of the Polos Bases de Xucuru do Ororubá and Xucuru de Cimbres. "Do this prevention, this test, to find out if you have COVID-19. If you find out faster, the treatment is faster too," agrees the indigenous leader, Ms. Zenilda Xucuru de Oruruba.
The District also conducted 2,000 tests in villages of the Polo Base Funiô, in the municipality of Águas Belas (PE), in September.