15/08/2016 08h22 - Updated 15/08/2016 11h32

fighting campaign to Hepatitis held over 64 thousand rapid tests, in 21 days in the AM

The actions, covering capital and the state, They started in 8 July and ended on the last day 29.
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Partial balance of the State Health Secretariat (Sesame) It points out that the Campaign for the World Day to Combat the Viral Hepatitis (28 July) performed 64.470 rapid test for detecting types B and C of the disease, not Amazonas. The actions, covering capital and the state, They started in 8 July and ended on the last day 29.

Joining the campaign was considered positive by the state Secretary of Health, Pedro Elias de Souza. The shares were held by the State Coordination of STD / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, linked to the Tropical Medicine Foundation Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado (FMT-HVD), and carried out in partnership with local health departments and entities operating in the sector.

"We did almost 80% of 82 thousand rapid tests available for the campaign and this number should be higher, because not all municipalities have already sent the results. It's a good goal, a good percentage. And the most important is that all municipalities participated in the action ", He noted.

According to infectious disease Silvana Lima, state coordinator of STD / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, of 64.470 Rapid tests, 237 (0,36%) They tested positive, as partial results, and 181 reagents for type B and 56 to or type C.

Manaus concentrated most of the tests performed and positive results. In capital, the testing were carried out, during the campaign, in 6.279 people, with 36 reagents. Tefé had 26 positive results, between the 3.982 rapid tests made during the campaign. Manacapuru, 20 of 2.716 tests gave reagents.

According to Silvana Lima, the awareness and prevention activities will be strengthened in the municipalities that had the highest numbers of confirmations. "Remember that this rapid test is a screening. Those people who tested positive will be monitored and will undergo further tests ", He noted.

This year's campaign had the motto "Freedom is taking care. Such test?”, an invitation to the population for health care. "There is a certain resistance of the people to be tested, but that is changing. We made this campaign to draw attention of the population, but it is important to note that the test for hepatitis B and C is available all year and should be done on the network of Primary Care. As the hepatitis B vaccine ", highlighted.

Besides the rapid tests, campaign promoted the distribution 600 thousand condoms and more 200 thousand informative folders, in health facilities and at strategic points of the municipalities. The chief executive of FMT-HVD, Rosemary grace, directs that the population continues on alert against the disease, that results from inflammation of the liver and often only manifests itself when worsens. "Early detection, time to treat and prevent progression of disease transmission and, it's very important", he said.

The hepatitis can be caused by influenza virus type A, B, C, D and E. The types considered more serious - B, C and D - can be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, blood transfusion and contaminated derivatives, drug, sharing syringes needles, Toothbrush, razor blade and other object and vertical transmission (from mother to baby, during or childbirth).

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