Public Health
27.01.2013

Rio de Janeiro registers more than 1300 new cases of leprosy in 2012

Drawing attention to the importance of early diagnosis, a series of actions seeks raise awareness

Foto: SECOM RJ
Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment accelerates avoids the most severe forms of leprosy
Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment accelerates avoids the most severe forms of leprosy

Preliminary data from the Secretariat of Health of Rio de Janeiro (SES) for the year 2012, and harvested on the last day January 7, 1366 show that were detected new cases of leprosy in the state. There was an improvement compared to the preliminary data also collected in the same period in 2012, for the year 2011, when 1,496 new cases were recorded.

Despite the drop in the record, the numbers are still worrying. To change this situation, a series of actions mark in the municipalities of Rio de Janeiro, the World Day to Combat Leprosy, celebrated on Sunday (27).

In São Gonçalo, for example, technicians State Health Department participate in an action where there is distribution of information materials and information about the disease, provided on a stand, which will run from 8 am until late afternoon.

Leprosy is widely known for its challenging course and neural complications, although well established routine therapy. In order to prevent the development of physical disabilities, emphasize the fundamental role of early diagnosis. We believe that information is the best remedy to eliminate leprosy of our state, the alert manager Dermatology Clinic of the SES, Kédman Trinity Mello.

Source: Isaude.net