19th Interministerial Mission to Combat COVID-19 arrives at DSEI Alto Rio Solimões
The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), and the Ministry of Defense, through the Armed Forces, send reinforcement to the indigenous population of the DSEI Alto Rio Solimões (Tabatinga/AM) from December 7 to 14.
This is the 19th Interministerial Mission to Combat COVID-19 and has the objective of bringing supplies and health care with general practitioners, pediatricians, gynecologists, infectologists, veterinarians, veterinary assistant and ophthalmology assistant.
The 28 health professionals will work in five Base Poles: Umariaçu I, Umariaçu II, Campo Alegre, Vila Betânia and São Sebastião. The estimated attendance is 16,860 indigenous people. The action brings reinforcement to the Multidisciplinary Team of Indigenous Health (EMSI), of almost 1 thousand professionals, that acts in the Primary Care to the indigenous directly in the villages.
The work of the EMSI has been effective in controlling COVID-19. The first confirmed case of the disease in the DSEI Alto Rio Solimões occurred in March 2020 and, currently, the District has only 2 confirmed cases and 86 days ago it did not register deaths (Source: Epidemiological Bulletin SESAI - 12/03/2020)./p>
In this mission, SESAI sends 52 thousand items of supplies between medicines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support the health professionals of DSEI Alto Rio Solimões. For the Secretary of SESAI, Robson Santos da Silva, the reinforcement of the professionals, through the Armed Forces, strengthens and encourages the work already being developed by health professionals of the DSEI.
"Multidisciplinary indigenous health teams have always done an admirable work, but especially now during this pandemic it is exceptional. I am sure the mission will be a success," he said.
Alto Rio Solimões
The DSEI Alto Rio Solimões has the second largest indigenous population in Brazil. There are 70,823 indigenous people from 27 ethnic groups distributed in 236 villages. To serve this population, which is in 13 Base Poles, the District has 16 Indigenous Basic Health Units, 22 Indigenous Primary Care Units (UAPIs) and 10 speedboat ambulances of the Mobile Indigenous Health Urgency Service - SAMUSI.