DSEI Vilhena installs UAPI in Paiter Surui villages in Rondonia
Four Indigenous Primary Care Units (UAPI) were installed in villages of the Paiter Surui ethnic group of the Base Center of Cacoal, in Rondonia, by the Vilhena Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) for the treatment of oxygen therapy in mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. Another four UAPI were installed in the Vilhena (RO), Ijuina and Aripuana (MT) Base Centers to attend other ethnicities in Rondonia and Mato Grosso.
One of the UAPI was installed in the city of Cacoal (RO) to isolate the patients infected by COVID-19 from the other patients of the Indigenous Health House (CASAI) who are being treated for other diseases. There are approximately 1.4 thousand Paiter Surui Indigenous assisted by the District. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was registered on June 26 by the DSEI that has gathered the indigenous leaders to discuss the entry of the Rapid Response Team in the villages for treatment of symptoms and testing of the population.
Oxygen therapy assists in the respiratory difficulty of flu syndromes and prevents the removal of patients to the city. The UAPI are being installed in existing structures such as schools, Basic Health Units, cultural spaces, or other buildings within the villages. Air concentrators, oxygen cylinders, stretchers and, when there is no electrical network, power generators are being installed. The air concentrators were donated by Expedicionários da Saúde, the other equipment, medicines and training are the responsibility of the District.
The DSEI has been actively searching for patients with symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 in the villages, applying rapid tests and taking guidance on the need for social isolation of groups at risk, stay in the villages and suspension of festive activities and agglomerations. In addition, disinfection of the houses with a hypochlorite solution is being performed.
The mild cases of COVID-19 are being monitored by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI). "We are working hard to assist the entire Paiter Surui community, avoiding the spread of the virus and intervening in existing and suspected cases, isolating confirmed and suspected patients, and transferring, when necessary, to the public network, patients who need specialized support in hospitals," says the coordinator of the DSEI Vilhena, Solange Tavares.
Supplies and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) were purchased for the DSEI teams and fabric masks were distributed to the indigenous population. In addition, the other basic health services continue to be performed as vaccination and health monitoring of children, adults, pregnant women and the elderly. The DSEI has also sanitized and supported the delivery of food baskets sent by the National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) to the villages.