Residents of the Nova Mirim favela, in Praia Grande, on the coast of São Paulo, denounced the installation of concrete barriers at the entrance to the community.
The lock was placed yesterday by the city and prevents the passage of any type of vehicle, even ambulances and Fire Department vehicles.
Concrete obstacles contain red warnings, stating that that area is in an environmentally protected region.
Frightened and still having to find alternative solutions to the outbreak of scabies, known as human scabies — not contained by health authorities –, the residents heard by the UOL reported the fear of having been isolated because of the disease.
The outbreak spread to impoverished neighborhoods in Praia Grande. Community representatives said city officials were there to provide medical care to residents. Despite this, they say the disease is not under control.
Now there is a new concern. The municipal administration carried out a registration of the families that inhabit the place, with the justification of preventing further invasions.
But residents fear actions to evict the area after a shack was demolished.
Jessica dos Santos Neves, 30, says her son, Paulo, 3, has had sores in his mouth again.
The boy had almost recovered from the disease, which is caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) and worsens when wounds are contaminated by secondary infections, such as bacterial ones.
“But now the scabies is coming back, we are worried. We don’t know what to do. And now they are [agentes da prefeitura] come here and block the entrance? Why are they doing this?” he asked.
Josiane Firmino dos Santos, 20, mother of Estela, seven months old, says that the child had to be hospitalized twice for infections caused by human scab. She got better but started to show symptoms again.
“We did the treatment they gave, some ointments to apply, she got better. But now some balls are showing up on her little arm again. I’m afraid, because I don’t know if she can get worse.”
Businesswoman Patrícia Ogna Patrali, who maintains an Instagram profile to help residents (https://www.instagram.com/pginvisivel/), was at the site today to monitor the situation.
In a video, he recorded the difficulty of recyclable material collectors. Barriers do not allow passing with garbage collection carts, an activity carried out by several members of the community.
what the city says
When contacted, the Praia Grande City Hall informed that it installed barriers at the entrance of the community to prevent new invasions and irregular constructions in that area, considered to be of environmental preservation.
In addition, the city monitors 18 other areas daily, with satellite images and drones, to curb invasions.
The administration explained that this area was frozen for new occupation on 23 June. A socioeconomic register was made with 58 families who were present at the site.
According to the city, any irregular construction that appears after that date will be removed.
Later this afternoon, teams from the city hall visited the community and removed, with the help of the residents themselves, one of the 12 concrete barriers installed at the entrance.
As for the containment of the human scabies outbreak, the city hall informed that the residents were assisted and are still being monitored by teams from the Public Health Department (Sesap). On June 28, 336 consultations were carried out, with 82 medical consultations.