The Yanomami tragedy created a queue of severely malnourished children

The tragedy of malnutrition at Terra Yanomami has led to a queue of severely malnourished children who’re demanding fast evacuation from the location to Boa Vista, mentioned Junior Yanomami, president of Kondisi (Indigenous Health District Council) and Urihi Associachao Yanomami.

From the 18th, sanitary groups despatched by the Ministry of Health arrived within the territory. Since then, 14 children have been urgently airlifted to Boa Vista Hospital on account of malnutrition.

Two of these children had been taken away this morning. The precedence is infants. “We nonetheless have 18 folks within the well being division who’re being handled and could also be admitted,” he mentioned.

A nurse carries a severely malnourished Yanomami child to Boa Vista

Photo: Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Yanomami Community

President Lula will go to Roraima right now to see the state of affairs. The Ministry of Health has declared a state of emergency to take care of the dearth of medical look after the Yanomami. The decree was revealed yesterday within the supplementary version of the DOU (Official Gazette) and has already come into power.

The Surucucu group is one of probably the most affected and has indigenous peoples with the worst circumstances of malnutrition. That’s the place Junior oversees the emergency.

This Saturday (21), he despatched aid pictures to the column exhibiting very skinny children. The downside additionally impacts adults.

At the native well being division, they obtain skilled care in addition to sufficient meals to assist them recuperate.

The tragedy of the Yanomami, Junior says, is basically attributable to the air pollution of the rivers that offer water to the folks, attributable to mining.

Our folks, together with children, drink this soiled water. Now there’s a river that’s simply muddy. We now not had clear water, and with it well being issues. “Mining operations on the bottom are out of management.”
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Malnourished children cared for at the Suruchuku Health Unit in Terra Indigena Yanomami (RR) - Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami - Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami

Malnourished children had been cared for on the Suruchuku Health Unit in Terra Indigena Yanomami (RR).

Photo: Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Yanomami Community

Five years of aggravation

According to a chief of the Yanomami folks, the state of affairs within the area has worsened since 2018 and has reached alarming ranges since 2020, with a fair stronger occupation of miners with none countermeasures from the federal authorities.

“Today, now we have 20,000 jobs in our space, and now we have 5 out of 78 well being care models which have been taken over and closed,” says Junior.

For this, the arrival of well being groups and the emergency decree had been famous at a excessive stage. “Truth is now hope,” he says.

I hope the Lula authorities will save the Yanomami as a result of now we have misplaced many children. With this resolution, we are going to settle for professionals, as a result of right now now we have many areas that don’t obtain a little assist.”

A baby from the Cataroa community is cared for in the Suruchuku unit of the Yanomami local area (RR) - Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami - Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami

The child, from the Kataroa group, is being cared for at Suruchuku Subdivision within the Yanomami Local Area (RR).

Photo: Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Yanomami Community

According to the topics, though there are 73 open posts, there’s a scarcity of specialists in nearly all of them, which, for instance, prevents residence visits.

Over the previous few years, the group, run by Junior and others, has despatched a number of letters and appeals for assist. “I despatched greater than 100 requests and knowledgeable Sesay concerning the drama [Secretaria de Saúde de Indígena), Funai, Ministério Público”, relata.

Além disso, várias denúncias foram publicadas pela imprensa. Em março do ano passado, por exemplo, a coluna publicou que garimpeiros tomaram uma pista de pouso e um posto de saúde na comunidade Homoxi.

“Com essas denúncias, vinha o pessoal para uma visita e ia embora. Apagavam um fogo como bombeiro, resolvia um probleminha e deixava os grandes e fomos sofrendo”, diz Júnior.

Médico atende bebê com desnutrição na comunidade Surucucu, na Terra Indígena Ianomâmi (RR) - Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami - Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami

Médico atende bebê com desnutrição na comunidade Surucucu, na Terra Indígena Ianomâmi (RR)

Imagem: Antonio Alvarado/@antonioalvaradoc/Urihi Associação Yanomami

Ações governamentais

Em Roraima, o governo montou um Centro de Operações de Emergências. O Ministério da Saúde afirmou quer “planejar, organizar, coordenar e controlar as medidas a serem empregadas”.

As ações se darão em conjunto com gestores estaduais e municipais do SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde).

O grupo ligado à emergência deverá propor ao ministério “o acionamento de equipes de saúde, incluindo a contratação temporária de profissionais” e a “aquisição de bens e a contratação de serviços necessários para a atuação” na emergência.

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