Brazil: Public health emergency declared in Yanomami territory; Malaria, ARIs cited

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Brazilian Ministry of Health He declared a public health emergency of national importance in light of the need to combat the lack of health care for the population living in Yanomami territory. The decree was published on Friday.

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In addition to declaring a state of emergency, the Ministry also established the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (COE – Yanomami) as the national mechanism for coordinated management of emergency response at the national level. The management of the Center of Excellence will be under the responsibility of the Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI), taking into account the type of emergency.

Coe is responsible for coordinating measures that will be used during an emergency, including mobilizing resources to re-establish health services and communicating with SUS state and municipal managers.

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serious condition in The largest local reserve in the country

Since last Monday (January 16), teams from the Ministry of Health have been meeting in Yanomami District, a district of more than 30,400 residents. The group found children and adults in serious health condition, suffering from severe malnutrition, as well as many cases of malaria, acute respiratory infections and other problems.

After returning from the mission, which should take place on the 25th, the team has about 15 days to provide a full survey of the critical health condition the Aboriginal people are in. The technicians analyze the entire health situation in the area, the services provided and the inputs available.



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