Indigenous communities of Vale do Javari receive an exclusive Ward
Communities of the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory, the second largest indigenous area in Brazil, comprising a large part of the municipality of Atalaia do Norte (AM), now have an exclusive ward to care for indigenous patients with COVID-19. The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health, in partnership with the government of Amazonas and the municipality of Atalaia do Norte, inaugurated this Sunday (June 21), 25 beds exclusively for indigenous people, in addition to three Intermediate Care Units (ICU) that were adapted at the Municipal Hospital of Atalaia do Norte, a unit that is a reference for care throughout the region. In all, a village population of about seven thousand indigenous people will benefit from the initiative.
The Unit will also have the "Maloca Area" which will have 10 beds out of 25 exclusive for indigenous people. The space will be located on the hospital premises, adapted especially for indigenous populations, which will have hammock holders, respecting local cultural habits. As it is an adapted area, it will be able to receive the visit of shamans to perform rituals in patients. Initiatives like this qualify the care of indigenous patients with COVID-19 in the extreme north of Amazonas.
This indigenous ward adds to the wards already opened in Manaus, Macapá and the municipalities of Pará. The opening of indigenous wards guarantees that more beds will be available to receive indigenous patients who present more serious COVID-19 symptoms, challenging municipal and state hospitals involved in fighting the pandemic.
The inauguration of the indigenous ward is part of an inter-ministerial mission to the extreme north of the Amazon region that takes place this week. The mission, coordinated by the Ministries of Health and Defense, took health professionals and about 70 thousand items of personal protection and medical supplies to strengthen health care in the region of Vale do Javari in the fight against Covid-19.
In all, 23 health professionals from the Armed Forces Hospital went to reinforce the care of the indigenous people in the region with the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams of the Ministry of Health, which already serve the local population. Among them are an obstetrician, an endocrinologist, a general surgeon, a gynecologist, a gastroenterologist, an anesthesiologist, six clinical doctors, eight nursing technicians and three nurses.
Also 3 lung ventilators and rapid tests for the diagnosis of Covid-19 were delivered to the Hospital Municipal de Atalaia do Norte and to the Vale do Javari Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI). The approximately 70 thousand items include: 30,300 surgical masks, 16,000 caps, approximately 12,000 disposable aprons, 400 units of N95 masks, 3,000 waterproof aprons, 540 units of 70% ethyl alcohol, 1,320 units of rapid tests for Covid-19, 300 facial protectors, 500 units of protective overalls, as well as medicines such as paracetamol, amoxicillin, ibuprofen, among others.
The Ministry of Health has been guaranteeing assistance to the more than 750,000 Brazilian indigenous villagers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are information campaigns, prevention and fight against the coronavirus, guiding indigenous communities, managers and employees throughout Brazil. More than 600,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), health supplies and medicines have already been allocated to the 34 Indigenous Special Health Districts (DSEIs) throughout the country.
Throughout the pandemic period, the Ministry of Health has developed strategies to improve care and one of the most recent is the creation of the Indigenous Primary Care Unit (UAPI). The units will strengthen the primary care services for indigenous health in the treatment of this population, providing the reception of suspected cases of Gripal Syndrome (GS) and early identification of cases of COVID-19. The investment totals about R$70 million in actions to protect the more than 5,800 villages spread throughout the country of 305 ethnic groups.