Health makes a technical visit to monitor and control tuberculosis

The technical visit lasts until Friday (April 29).

PICTURE: Disclosure / FVS-RCP

Amazonas Health Surveillance Foundation – Tri. Rosemary Costa Pinto (FVS-RCP), in liaison with the Amazon State Ministry of Health (SES-AM), will carry out a technical visit until Friday (29 April) to monitor and evaluate tuberculosis control measures in the municipality of Humaita (590 km from Manaus).

The technical visit will be carried out in collaboration with the Humaitá Municipal Health Department and will include a presentation of the epidemiological and functional indicators of tuberculosis, visits to primary health units (UBS), a network of laboratories and hospitals, and theoretical and practical training. tuberculin skin test, in addition to training for tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection.

According to Tatyana Amorim, director and director of FVS-RCP, it is important to increase the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, which will reduce the risk of tuberculosis in the coming years.

“The more primary care units and trained professionals develop tuberculosis control measures, the better, including working against a latent tuberculosis infection when there are no symptoms,” stresses Tatjana.

Lara Bezerra, coordinator of the State Tuberculosis Control Program (PECT), emphasizes that the main goal of the technical visit to Humaita is the implementation of the Latent Tuberculosis Infection Control Protocol (LTBI) and this type of 3HP treatment program. infection, which are two drugs: rifapentine and isoniazid, taken for three months.

“The goal of LTBI surveillance is to build an epidemiological panorama of LTBI in the municipality based on the notification and follow-up of those in care by monitoring the care of these individuals in health services,” Lara emphasizes.

Scenario

In January-March 2022, 852 new cases of tuberculosis were diagnosed in the Amazon, 270 in January, 297 in February, and 285 new cases of tuberculosis in March. Among the municipalities with the most new cases are: Manaus (622), Manacapuru (24), Itacoatiara (15), Coari (15), Iranduba (14), Tefé (13), Tabatinga (11), Humaitá (11), Autazes ( 10) and Maués (9).

Across the Amazon, the number of new tuberculosis cases has fluctuated over the past three years: 3,211 new cases in 2021, 2,852 in 2020, and 3,244 in 2019.

Prevention

Tuberculosis is an infectious and contagious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, also known as Kochi bacilli. The disease primarily affects the lungs (a form of lung), although it can affect other organs and systems.

The BCG vaccine (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin), provided by the Unified Health System (SUS), protects children from the most serious forms of the disease. The vaccine is available in the vaccination rooms of some basic health care units and in some maternity hospitals. It is given to children at birth or to children up to four years of age, 11 months and 29 days of age.

Reference

The FVS-RCP is responsible for health surveillance at the Epidemiological Surveillance Institute (DVE) in the Amazon, which includes tuberculosis prevention through the Tuberculosis Control Program (PECT).

The facility is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 at Avenida Torquato Tapajós, 4010, Colônia Santo Antônio, Manaus. The telephone connection for the FVS-RCP is (92) 3182-8510.

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