health facilities offer rapid testing, in the last week of the campaign to Combat Viral Hepatitis

The expectation is to carry around 4 thousand tests, only in Manaus.
27/07/2016 10h25 - Updated 27/07/2016 10h25
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In the final stretch of the campaign by the World Day to Combat the Viral Hepatitis (28 July), the State Department of Health (Sesame) offer rapid testing for types B and C of the disease and promote educational activities in the units and in the city center. According to the state Secretary of Health, Pedro Elias de Souza, is expected to carry around 4 thousand tests, only in Manaus.

The testing service will be offered on Wednesday, day 27, from 8am to 12pm, the Alfredo da Matta Foundation, unit Susam, located on the avenue Codajás, Cachoeirinha neighborhood, South of Manaus. On thursday (28), 8h to 17h, will be at the Foundation Hospital Adriano Jorge (FHAJ), of State, which is located on Avenida Carvalho Leal, Cachoeirinha, Sul, next to the Alfredo da Matta; and the University Hospital Getulio Vargas, the Federal University of Amazonas (I trust), which is on the street Apurinã, Square neighborhood 14, Sul, near the Boulevard Alvaro Maia, which will also take place lectures about the disease. na FHAJ, will work in partnership with University of the State of Amazonas (UEA), by Academic alloy Hepatology. The tests will be performed in the outpatient unit.

On Friday, day 29, closure campaign, the rapid testing service will be offered at the Tropical Medicine Foundation Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado (FMT-HVD), in Pedro Teixeira Avenue, Dom Pedro neighborhood, Central-West, 8h to 15h. In these three days, each unit will provide thousand tests.

The campaign will also feature, this week, with educational activities and distribution of informative material and condoms in the city center, more specifically in the Modern Manaus, On thursday, day 28; and Holy Spirit Gallery, on Friday, day 29, 9:30 am to 11 am. The action in the city center will be coordinated by the Civil Society Organization Forum (OSC) AIDS.

The campaign for World Day to Combat Viral Hepatitis started on 8 this month and ends on Friday, day 29. The program takes place in the capital and in the interior and all will be offered 41.800 rapid tests for Hepatitis B and 41.800 for the disease type C. They will be distributed 600 thousand condoms and more 200 thousand informative folders.

Theme – The theme of the campaign, this year, is "Freedom is taking care. Such test?”. The program is headed by the State Coordination of STD / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, linked to FMT-HVD and is held in partnership with local health departments and entities operating in the sector. In Manaus, besides the institutions already mentioned, They are also engaged in the campaign DST Center / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Municipal Health (Sems), LGBT Forum and the Friendship Network & Solidarity with People Living with HIV / AIDS.

The chief executive of FMT-HVD, Rosemary grace, It points out that the aim of the campaign is to reinforce the warnings for the prevention and early diagnosis of Viral Hepatitis. She points out that Amazon has a diagnostic network, to offer rapid tests for the detection of Hepatitis B and C, in all municipalities, in Basic Health Units (BHU).

Much of infected do not know they have the virus
Preceptor of Medical Residency of FHAJ, specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology doctor in the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Cristina Melo Rocha points out that 95% of people living with viral hepatitis do not know they carry the virus. "Hepatitis follows the inflammation of the liver. It is a silent disease ", highlights. "Proper treatment and timely manner is important to prevent the transmission and progression of the disease and its serious consequences", warned.

According to Cristina Rocha, who is also a professor at UEA, the objective of the "International Day of Hepatitis UEA / FHAJ", besides performing testing for viral hepatitis, It is to educate the participating public about the importance of screening. "We will also be working to identify positive cases of hepatitis and forward to the outpatient clinic of Hepatology Foundation", informs medical.

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