Villages of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo have intensified campaign against COVID-19
Guidelines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the influenza vaccination campaign are intensified actions by the Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), in the villages of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo.
Through the Indigenous Health Special District (DSEI) Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, more than 16,700 indigenous people have basic health care in 95 villages distributed in the two states. The DSEI coordination has held daily meetings with its Crisis Committee to update, evaluate and monitor the actions and strategies adopted in the District.
The Xakriaba ethnic group has received basic health care in several villages in the municipality of Sao Joao das Missoes (MG). The influenza vaccination campaign has been anticipated by the Federal Government in order to reduce flu symptoms, which are similar to those of COVID-19.
The Rancharia Base Center brought guidelines to the Boqueirao village on how to address COVID-19 during influenza vaccination. All action was conducted with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by the Federal Government.
The Pindaiba Base Center held a local medical consultation, meeting with the community and leaders of Olhos DAgua Village, and vaccination. It also made a health barrier on the road connecting the city of Sao Joao das Missoes to the village in order to guide the passing population on care, prevention and isolation against COVID-19.
The Sumare Base center also had a vaccination campaign in Vargem village and Barreiro Preto village. On that occasion, Guthrie tests were performed in the homes as well as preventive guidelines for the community about Covid-19.
The Itapicuru Base center conducted home visits and vaccination in the Santa Cruz village. In another action, the Brejo Mata Fome Base center helped in the distribution of food baskets at the village and also at the Imbaubas village. The indigenous health teams worked on the hygiene of the food baskets sent by the National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) to the communities in vulnerable situations at this time of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The villages of the Maxakali ethnic group, in the municipalities of Ladainha and Teofilo Otoni (MG), received visits from indigenous health multidisciplinary teams. The Ladainha Base center has been taking door-to-door information about the combat to Covid-19. In Teofilo Otoni (MG), the Topazio Base Center distributed protection masks to the village population.
The indigenous Xukuru Kariri of the Renascer Wakona village, in the municipality of Presidente Olegario (MG), and the Kiriri people of the Kiriri village of Rio Verde, in the municipality of Caldas (MG), also received food baskets from FUNAI with the support of the Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo DSEI.
The Araçuai Base center brought basic health care to the Pankararu ethnic group in the villages of the municipalities of Araçuai and Coronel Murta (MG). The Pataxo people of the Geru-Tucuna village received masks and alcohol gel from the Municipality of Açucena (MG).
In Espirito Santo, the Caieiras Velha Base center has visited pregnant women, children and the elderly in the villages of the Tupiniquim and Guarani people of the municipality of Aracruz. In addition to prevention guidelines against Covid-19, the indigenous population has been vaccinated against the influenza virus.
In Resplendor (ES), the Base center trained the indigenous health multidisciplinary team in the rapid test use for identification of Covid-19 and in the correct use and discharge of the personal protective equipment.