in Ecuador, contaminated natives demand state action

In Ecuador, the Waorani are the last indigenous people to have accepted contact with Western civilization. There are still 5,000 living in three Amazon provinces, but despite the isolation of their community, the Covid-19 pandemic has not spared them. They demanded official protective measures this week and complain about Quito’s inaction.

native speak of 73 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in several of their ancestral communities. The President of the Waorani Nation, Gilberto Nenquimo, denounced the slowness of the state in the face of the progression of the pandemic: “& nbsp;28 days ago, I gave the alert to all the health centers. I am not a doctor but the symptoms of our patients were those of Covid-19. But nobody listened to me.& nbsp; »” data-reactid = “21”> Managers native speak of 73 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in several of their ancestral communities. The President of the Waorani Nation, Gilberto Nenquimo, denounced the slowness of the State in the face of the progression of the pandemic: ” 28 days ago, I gave the alert to all the health centers. I am not a doctor but the symptoms of our patients were those of Covid-19. But nobody listened to me.

According to Nenquimo, a 21-year-old Waorani positive with Covid-19 would have had to be rushed to Quito on Saturday May 17 for her relatives to be tested in the Miwaguno community. He now wants the state to act urgently to protect the other Waorani centers.

I asked the state to prohibit entry into the Waorani territories, to block the timber traffickers, many of whom come from Guayaquil, epicenter of the pandemic. But nobody did anything, indignant Gilberto Nenquimo. There was a meeting a week ago, but since then health workers have still not been able to test the population of communities where there are suspected cases, not even those accessible by road& nbsp;!& nbsp; “” data-reactid = “24”> ” I asked the state to prohibit entry into the Waorani territories, to block the timber traffickers, many of whom come from Guayaquil, epicenter of the pandemic. But nobody did anything, indignant Gilberto Nenquimo. There was a meeting a week ago, but since then health workers have still not been able to test the population of communities where there are suspected cases, not even those accessible by road !

progression of the pandemic increases with the progressive lifting of quarantine in several Amazonian municipalities. “data-reactid =” 25 “> According to Andrès Tapia, leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon, eight natives died from Covid-19, including five confirmed positive and three likely. And the risk of progression of the pandemic increases with the gradual lifting of quarantine in several Amazonian municipalities.

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