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Telemedicine will help enhance diagnosis and control of leprosy in the AM

The Amazon has been in first place in the national ranking of leprosy. He currently holds the 17th position

 
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Purpose of the partnerships is to expand the training of professionals for the diagnosis of leprosy through the use of teleconferencing.
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Purpose of the partnerships is to expand the training of professionals for the diagnosis of leprosy through the use of teleconferencing.

The diagnosis and control of leprosy within the Amazon, will gain enhanced telemedicine. According to the State Secretary of Health, Rosemary Wilson, the goal of the partnership is to expand the training of professionals for the diagnosis of leprosy through the use of teleconferencing. The initiative also will help in the monitoring of cases of the disease, with the support of a second opinion from a distance, an alternative favored by telemedicine.

The Amazon has been in 1st place in the national ranking of leprosy. He currently holds the 17th position. Between 2003 and 2012, the detection of new cases in the state fell by 76%. It is very important that we continue advancing in leprosy control and qualification of diagnosis, especially in the state where the population's access to health services has many special features, is essential to achieving that goal, says Luiz Cláudio Dias.

The technical director of the project Fuam explains that teledermatology provides, besides the involvement of the state government and local governments, the participation of social control, such as municipal councils and movement of reintegration of leprosy (Morhan). This is a very important component of the project, which provides that classify the empowerment of representatives of social control, so that they contribute to the monitoring of control of leprosy, said Dias.

In 2012, we detected 606 new cases of leprosy in the Amazon, among which 400 (66%) inside and 206 (34%) in the capital. In 2011, we were notified by Fundação Alfredo da Matta, 329 leprosy cases, these 256 (77.5%) were new cases. These are equivalent to 43.7% of the cases reported in the state. Luiz Claudio highlights that the increase in the number of new cases recorded in 2012, due to improved reporting and monitoring actions.

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Leprosy is a disease that affects the skin and nerves of the arms, hands, legs, feet, face, ears, eyes and nose. The disease is transmitted through respiratory coughing and sneezing of a sick person who has not received drug treatment. The detection of disease occurs via examination of skin. Signs of the disease are: spots on the body, lumps, pain and sense of shock and twinges along nerves.

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