Interior Sul DSEI carries out an operation to combat COVID-19 in villages of Rio Grande do Sul
A task force of the Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) Interior Sul carried out sanitary barriers, disinfection of environments and awareness about COVID-19 in villages of the Guarita Indigenous Land. The operation to combat COVID-19 had the support of the National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI), the Brazilian Army, the municipal government of Lieutenant Portela, the Municipal Public Ministry, the Military Police and the Military Brigade of Rio Grande do Sul.
Sanitary barriers were carried out on access roads to villages with distribution of information and guidance on the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus. To avoid the spread of COVID-19 it was recommended that indigenous people avoid crowdings and remain in the villages. Simple acts such as constant hand sanitizing and the use of masks avoid contamination. The action involved more than 150 professionals and had the support of indigenous leaders.
The District carried out the sanitization of community houses and buildings of collective use as Basic Units of Indigenous Health (UBSI) and indigenous schools. The walls and furniture were sanitized with a solution of water and sodium hypochlorite by the Brazilian Army. All professionals used Individual Protection Equipment (IPE) during the action.
In addition, 2 thousand hygiene kits with alcohol gel, liquid soap, masks and information material about prevention and control of COVID-19 were distributed to the indigenous population of the villages. "The impact of this action was very positive because all this movement gave us the feeling that the community realized the importance of care and to follow the guidelines that the indigenous health teams have been doing tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic," says the coordinator of the DSEI South Interior, Alexandre Rossettini.