Rio Tapajós DSEI provides indigenous communities with guidance on COVID-19
Prevention and information are important defenses against the new coronavirus (COVID-19). That is why the Rio Tapajós Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI) has gathered the leaders of the indigenous communities to identify possible suspicious cases and assist confirmed cases of the disease this May.
Discussion roundtables are being held by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) to guide the avoidance of crowds in villages and trips to cities. Those arriving in the community should be quarantined and monitored. The Rio Tapajós DSEI serves a population of over 12,000 indigenous people distributed in 160 villages. There are four Indigenous Health Houses (CASAI), eleven Base centers and 25 Indigenous Health Basic Units (UBSI) financed with resources from the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health.
The District has been working on increasing immunity awareness with CASAI patients and health education in the Base centers and village visitations. In addition, the DSEI is conducting periodic disinfection of the care environments, transport vehicles and food baskets distributed to the villages. All these actions are part of the efforts to reduce the possibility of dissemination of COVID-19.
In Novo Progresso and Aveiro (PA), the EMSI at the Base center teaches, with a simple methodology using paint, the correct way of hand washing that has been replicated in several villages. In Itaituba (PA), the Base center mobilized volunteers to sanitize 118 food baskets donated by the Pariri Indigenous Association and traders in the city.
In the Missão São Francisco village, in the municipality of Jacareacanga (PA), the indigenous school was provided for possible cases of COVID-19. Volunteers from the village began the organization and sanitation of the building and have the collaboration of the shaman and local midwives. They will be trained by the EMSI to assist in such a situation.
In addition to routine basic health care actions, a district-wide influenza and measles vaccination campaign was conducted to increase indigenous immunity and reduce symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 and the need for removal to the hospitals in the city.