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Last Updated : Oct 07, 2020 06:02 PM IST | Source: Reuters

COVID-19 Impact | A look at how Brazil provided medical care to Amazon's "guardians of the forest"

Guajajara, a tribe that lives on several reservations in the rainforest of Maranhao state, praised the Brazilian armed forces for air lifting doctors and nurses to do rapid COVID-19 tests and examine for other diseases, but criticized the government’s indigenous health service SESAI for not protecting them against the novel coronavirus.

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The Brazilian military provided medical care to the coronavirus-hit Guajajara tribe, Amazon's 'guardians of the forest', amid criticism that Brazil was not protecting vulnerable indigenous people from the pandemic. Guajajara, a tribe that lives on several reservations in the rainforest of Maranhao state, praised the armed forces for air lifting doctors and nurses to do rapid COVID-19 tests and examine for other diseases, but criticized the government’s indigenous health service SESAI for not protecting them against the novel coronavirus.

The Brazilian military provided medical care to the coronavirus-hit Guajajara tribe, Amazon's 'guardians of the forest', amid criticism that Brazil was not protecting vulnerable indigenous people from the pandemic. Guajajara, a tribe that lives on several reservations in the rainforest of Maranhao state, praised the armed forces for air lifting doctors and nurses to do rapid COVID-19 tests and examine for other diseases, but criticized the government’s indigenous health service SESAI for not protecting them against the novel coronavirus. (Image: Reuters)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a child from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a child from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A woman from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group is carried before a member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines her, amid the spread of the (COVID-19, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A woman from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group is carried before a member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines her, amid the spread of the COVID-19, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

Women from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group wear protective masks, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

Women from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group wear protective masks, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a child from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the COVID-19, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a child from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the COVID-19 in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a man from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a man from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a man from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a man from the indigenous Guajajara ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao state, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

Children from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group are seen, amid the spread of the COVID-19, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

Children from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group are seen, amid the spread of the COVID-19, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A woman from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group wearing a protective mask amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, holds a child at a community center in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao sate, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A woman from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group wearing a protective mask amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, holds a child at a community center in the indigenous village of Urucu Jurua, municipality of Grajau, Maranhao sate, Brazil October 3. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a child from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

A member of the Brazilian Armed Forces medical team examines a child from the Guajajara indigenous ethnic group, amid the spread of the coronavirus, at a community school in the indigenous village of Morro Branco in the municipality of Grajau, state of Maranhao, Brazil October 4. (Image: Reuters/Adriano Machado)

First Published on Oct 7, 2020 06:02 pm
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