Police find medicines for Yanomamis in abandoned house in RR

Police find medicines for Yanomamis in abandoned house in RR
Police find medicines for Yanomamis in abandoned house in RR
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Medicines had expired since 2021 and would be destined for the Yanomami Indigenous Land, according to the Civil Police.| Photo: Raphael Alves/EFE

The Civil Police discovered this Wednesday (31) a shipment of medicines that had expired since 2021 hidden in an abandoned house in Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, which were destined for the Yanomamis. The medicines were found during the execution of search and seizure warrants related to an investigation into drug trafficking in the region.

The investigation was conducted by the Police Station for the Repression of Crimes Against Public Administration (DRCAP), which passed the case on to the Federal Police due to the presence of medicines with labels and records of origin from the Ministry of Health.

A People’s Gazette He sought out the ministry and the PF to comment on the seizures and is awaiting a response.

Medications were in boxes and trash bags, and vials were scattered across the floor. The investigation found that the medicines were destined for the Yanomami Indigenous Special Health District (Dsei-Y), an entity within the Ministry of Health responsible for Yanomami indigenous health.

Delegate Magnólia Soares, who led the investigation, stated that “there were many boxes, with different medicines, many of which had expired since 2021. Therefore, we understood that it was not the responsibility of the Civil Police and we contacted the Federal Police”, she explained to TV Globo.

In addition to the medicines, incinerated materials and documents were also found at the site.

In a post on social media, Senator Damares Alves (Republicanos-DF) stated that she will ask Minister Nísia Trindade for explanations about the medicines.

“I have already presented a request for the Minister of Health to appear before the Senate to explain to us about the collective rape of a Yanomami girl inside the Indigenous Health House that is managed by the Ministry, so that she can explain the number of child deaths yanomamis in 2023 and now they will also have to explain about these medicines. The Minister of Health, the current Special Secretary for Indigenous Health and the Minister of Original Peoples will have a lot to explain to us in the Federal Senate,” she stated.

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Referring the case to the PF could continue the second phase of Operation Yoasi, launched in October 2023 to investigate suspected laundering of resources diverted from medicines intended for the Yanomami people. The action resulted in four search and seizure warrants, targeting businesspeople and Dsei-Y employees who invested money in suspicious companies to conceal the illegality of the resources.

The first phase of the operation, in November 2022, investigated an alleged scheme that left more than 10,000 Yanomami children unassisted, delivering only 30% of the medicines purchased by Dsei-Y.

The Yanomami Indigenous Land, the largest indigenous territory in Brazil, is facing a humanitarian and health crisis, with dozens of adults and children suffering from severe malnutrition and malaria, and has been in a state of public health emergency since January 20, 2023.

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