by Amazonas Agency
The action will begin on January 28 and aims to identify new cases of the disease that are still circulating in the Amazon region
Alfredo da Mata Hospital Foundation (FohamOn Saturday evening (21/1) the launch of the Purple January Campaign, a month dedicated to the prevention and control of leprosy worldwide, was held. In the capital, Foham’s main event will be a service effort on January 28th, next Saturday, from 7am-3pm. The goal will be an active search for infected patients.
“Anyone with a suspicious infection can attend. All employees will be involved. In 2022, Amazonas recorded 384 cases of the disease, with a detection rate of 4.88 per 100,000 inhabitants, and it is still considered an indication,” said Carlos Cherano, CEO of Fuham, a dermatologist. for average endemism.
Teatro Roxo and Boa Bombas
The mutirão ad event had a special place. The Teatro Amazonas, the main postcard of the Amazonas capital, was lit up in purple. During the event, Bombas Capriccioso and Garantido participated and received from the hands of the President of FOAM, Carlos Cherano, and the Director of the President of the Amazonas Foundation for Health Surveillance – Drew Rosemary Costa Pinto (FVS-RCP), Tatiana Amorim, purple bows, an accessory symbol of the campaign.
“The Alfredo da Matta Foundation sends out indicators on a monthly basis so that we can monitor how leprosy is contracting in our Amazon region. This work is essential because it involves early diagnosis, treatment and above all prevention of the consequences. Therefore, the more we publish campaigns like this, the more people who are looking for sanitary units, ”said Tatyana Amorim.
An open task force
Scheduled service begins for the 28th, Saturday, at 7 a.m. Anyone with any suspicious signs should go to Alfredo da Mata, located at Avenida Cudagas, No. 24, Cachoerinha District, Southern District.
The main symptoms of leprosy are: areas of skin, or white (discolored), brown or red patches, with changes in sensitivity to heat, pain, and/or touch; tingling, jolts and convulsions in the arms and legs, which develop into numbness – a person burns himself or hurts himself without realizing it; papules, tubercles, and nodules (lumps), usually asymptomatic; Lack or loss of hair, localized or diffuse, especially in the eyebrows (Madarose) and infiltrated (reddish) skin, with decreased or no sweating in the area.
The person will arrive at Alfredo da Matta, undergo a triage process and be referred to a specialist. Biopsy procedures will also be performed, which should expedite the final diagnosis. Cases of skin diseases (dermatology) not confirmed as leprosy will also be assisted and you will receive the appropriate referral.
Usually, care for people suspected of having leprosy is provided through the Primary Health Network, at UBS. But a mobilization of this magnitude helps in actively searching, with extensive service performance, for more people in a short period of time. Early diagnosis and immediate initiation of treatment is one of the greatest advances in this type of procedure.
Across Amazonas, the capital and the surrounding area account for the largest proportion of cases registered in 2022, around 32.9%. Therefore, the municipal health department also supports Foham’s work. “The action of the Alfredo da Matta Foundation will help the municipality a lot in detecting new cases. Residents are already aware that the leprosy portal is the basic (health) units, but this search for new cases is It will intensify with action on January 28th.
In addition to the FVS, bois-bumbás, and Semsa, the Alfredo da Matta Foundation also supports Mutirão from the State Ministry of Health (SES), the Ministry of Culture and Creative Economy (SEC), and the Ministry of Communications. (Secom), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the Adriano Jorge Foundation (FAJ), the Municipal Health Board, the CECOM Foundation and the Movement for the Reintegration of People Affected by Leprosy (Morahm).
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