Restrictions on access to villages have avoided COVID-19 in the Alto Rio Jurua DSEI
To prevent the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from reaching indigenous lands, the Indigenous Health Special Districts (DSEI) follow technical guidance from the Ministry of Health through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI). One of the recommendations is that the indigenous population should avoid going to urban centers and that the entry of people into villages should be restricted due to the risk of transmission of the virus.
To face this pandemic scenario, the Alto Rio Jurua DSEI, in Acre, along with the Municipal Health Secretariat of Marechal Thaumaturgo (AC), has conducted training sessions with the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) on the use and discharge of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). They are also being advised on preventive measures to be adopted within villages and the active search for possible symptomatic cases.
Basic health care actions are being intensified throughout the country to prevent the removal of indigenous people to city hospitals. At the Alto Rio Jurua DSEI, doctors are providing care in the villages and health professionals are updating vaccines against measles, influenza and other immuno-preventable diseases.
Until this Tuesday, May 19, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the indigenous lands assisted by the District. The Alto Rio Jurua DSEI assists 162 villages with a population of over 18,000 indigenous people in Acre.