Interministerial Mission at DSEI Alto Rio Juruá performs more than 14 K health care services
The Operation of the Federal Government to Combat COVID-19 has carried out several missions in indigenous areas to confront the pandemic. From November 3 to 12, the Special Indigenous Health Secretariat (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health carried out a Mission to Combat COVID-19 in the Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) Ato Rio Juruá, on the border of Acre with Peru. The action had logistical and health professional support from the Ministry of Defense in strengthening to the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá that operate in the region.
In total 14,400 health care services were provided in the villages of the Base Poles of Tarauacá, Jordão, Marechal Taumaturgo and Mâncio Lima. No positive cases of COVID-19 were detected during the action. The consultations were carried out in the Basic Units of Indigenous Health (UBSI), schools, cultural associations and other structures made available for this action. The patients were triaged by the EMSI of the DSEI Rio Tapajós among the Ashaninka, Jaminawa-Arara, Noke Koi (Katukina), Shawãdawa (Arara), Puyanawa, Madijá (Kulina), Kuntanawa, Apolima-Arara, Jaminawa, Huni kuĩ (Kaxinawa), Nawa, Nukini, Yawanawá and Shanenawa ethnic groups.
SESAI sent approximately three tons of medical supplies between drugs, rapid tests for COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Ministry of Defense carried out the transportation of the material and the teams and sent 37 health professionals from the Armed Forces to support the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá. The mission took specialized medical care of pediatrics, gynecology, gastroenterology, dentistry, nutrition and veterinary to the villages of the river region in northern Acre. This action directly in the villages avoids the displacement of indigenous people to urban centers for medical consultation with specialists.
According to the coordinator of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá, Iglê Monte da Silva, the District pays primary attention to more than 18,000 indigenous people who are in the range of 8 municipalities. "We are having the privilege of receiving gynecologist, pediatrician, among other medical specialists, to complement our care, this is very important. Our priority is to meet the demand of the indigenous and COVID-19 leaves sequels that need to be assessed by specialists, so it was a concern of SESAI to bring better health conditions for the population," compliments the coordinator.
During the mission there were also specific actions of the DSEI Alto Rio Juruá such as vaccination update, oral health education and distribution of 400 oral hygiene kits for children. These are basic attention actions of the DSEI that take place throughout the year in the villages such as health monitoring of children, pregnant women and the elderly, vaccination campaigns and care with general practitioners.
The chief of the village Morada Nova, Carlos Brandão, says that in his community 15 people had COVID-19, but all with mild symptoms. "It came weak because we had guidance on how to fight this kind of disease. The treatment was the guidance given by the DSEI team along with the natural medicine, the natural tea, given by the pajé. We also had orientation not to have contact with relatives from another village", he says.