Rio Tapajos DSEI sanitizes equipment, transportation, supplies and food sent to villages
Until now, more than 700 food baskets have been sanitized by the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) of the Rio Tapajos Indigenous Health Special District (DSEI). The District also periodically disinfects the care units, equipment and vehicles, such as cars and boats, used in the transportation of supplies to the villages.
The procedure, adopted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, for entry and exit in indigenous communities, was established through the National Contingency Plan for Human Infection by the Novel Coronavirus in Indigenous Peoples, issued by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health (SESAI). The Rio Tapajos DSEI brings basic health care to 157 villages in southern Para State.
The task force organized by the DSEI brought together volunteers to sanitize with alcohol 70% all the products contained in 526 baskets delivered by the National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) and 158 baskets made available by the Kabu Institute, in the city of Novo Progresso (PA). The food was transported to the Bau and Menkragnoti indigenous lands.
Brazilian Amazon Indigenous Organizations also contributed with another 90 food baskets to the vulnerable families in the villages of Para. After the hygienizing the bags, the Rio Tapajos DSEI supported FUNAI in the distribution in the villages: Praia do Indio, Praia do Mangue, Laranjal Sawre Apompu and Sawre Jaybu.
In addition to supporting food distribution, the village population is being vaccinated against influenza. Children under two years of age have also been vaccinated against measles and are being accompanied by the EMSI.
It is important to remember that simple hygiene habits, such as washing hands frequently, can prevent the spread and contagion of COVID-19. Based on this fact, the Itaituba Base center conducted a course on homemade soap with the reutilization of cooking oil. Indigenous people from several communities participated in the workshops. At the end, all the manufactured material was distributed in their own villages.