Orientation about COVID-19 to the Indigenous Population of Pernambuco
The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) and the Indigenous Health Special District (DSEI) of Pernambuco, is carrying out various actions to prevent and combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State of Pernambuco villages. The awareness work is important to bring information and avoid the spread of the virus.
The Pernambuco DSEI created a Crisis Committee to supervise and monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and presented the "National Contingency Plan for Human Infection by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indigenous People" to the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI). The presentation was made through videoconference with the teams from the base centers, the basic health units and the Indigenous Health Support House (CASAI). The document, prepared by SESAI, guides indigenous people, managers and collaborators on how to deal with the pandemic in the villages. The indigenous health teams that works in the communities received informations on how to prevent, control and combat the disease.
The EMSI of the Kambiwa Base Center, in coordination with the indigenous community, organized a health barrier in the Nazario village and on the access road to the city of Ibimirim, as well as a round of talks to provide important guidelines about COVID-19 in the Lower Alexandra village.The Truka Base Center also made a health barrier on the road to the Caatinga Grande village, in the municipality of Cabrobo, and held an influenza vaccination campaign in the Jatobazeiro village. The vaccination reduces cases of influenza and the suspected symptoms of COVID-19.
The Xuxuru Base Center of Ororuba, in the municipality of Pesqueira, also carried out training of indigenous health agents and vaccination against influenza in the Cimbres village. The vaccination of indigenous people was anticipated throughout the country.
In the municipality of Inaja, the Kambiwa-Tuxa Base center held a round of talks with teenagers and leaders of the Tuxa people in the Tear village. It also brought together counsellors and leaders to provide guidance on COVID-19, in the Fulni-o village .
In addition to the guidelines on the pandemic, the Atikum Base Center has been working on the oral health of the indigenous people in the Cachoeira village, in Carnaubeira da Penha, and the training of nurses on prenatal and newborn care.
The Pankaru Base Center, in the municipality of Jatoba, held a course in traditional indigenous medicine in the Bem Querer village, in March, to maintain the tradition and knowledge of the Pankaru Indigenous Land.
In Camaragibe, the CASAI worked especially in mental health actions with patients.
The Pernambuco DSEI offers basic health care to 39,500 indigenous people in 224 villages across the state.