Maranhao DSEI concludes vaccination of indigenous population before the deadline
The Maranhao Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) concluded on Monday, May 18, the Indigenous Peoples Vaccination Month (MVPI) calendar and the Campaign Against Influenza in the indigenous communities of the region. The MVPI calendar, stipulated by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) of the Ministry of Health, runs until May 20, but the District managed to immunize 100% of the indigenous population ahead of schedule. The DSEI assists more than 36,000 indigenous people in 643 villages. The communities are distributed in twenty-two municipalities, most of which are located in areas of difficult access. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic epidemiological scenario, transport logistics and distance from villages, the Maranhao DSEI developed intensification strategies to immunize the entire indigenous population in a short period of time. The actions were supported by the Maranhao State Health Secretariat, which complemented the Personal Protection Equipment kits (PPE) used by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team (EMSI) and streamlined, in a single delivery, all vaccine doses sent by the Ministry of Health. The immunization of the indigenous population reduces the cases of symptoms similar to COVID-19 and the need to transfer people to the hospital units in cities. The EMSI follows the technical guidelines designed by SESAI, such as sanitary procedures for entering and leaving villages, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the villages. Thirty-four missions were conducted from April 20 to May 18. In total, 36,487 indigenous people were vaccinated.