“Yellow July” will have an intense schedule to fight viral hepatitis at NOVA FRIBORG
“Yellow July” is the month to combat viral hepatitis, which remains a serious public health problem. During the yellow month of July activities are carried out to educate people about these diseases through educational campaigns. The Ministry of Health has launched a plan to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030.
The International Day of Struggle to End the Disease is July 28, endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), but prevention measures are taken regularly. Julho Amarelo wants to draw attention to prevention measures.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that interferes with its normal function and can be caused by viruses, bacteria, alcohol, drugs, and some medications. There are different types: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D or hepatitis E. And in most cases, the symptoms go unnoticed, the most common of which are: fatigue, fever, malaise, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, and pale stools.
Currently, there are rapid tests to detect infection with viruses B or C, which are available at SUS for the entire population. Everyone needs to get tested at least once in their life for these types of hepatitis. Most at-risk populations need periodic testing. The tests are also indicated for anyone who has had sex without a condom; You have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or tuberculosis, or shared needles or syringes.
Fighting hepatitis in Nova Friburgo
The Municipal STI/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Program of the Municipal Health Department (SMS) in Nova Friburgo warns of the need for a rapid test to detect cases of hepatitis C in people over the age of 40, with a history of blood transfusions before 1993, who used or abused drugs and had unprotected sex.
Nova Friburgo has been designated as one of the “pilot cities” in the state of Rio de Janeiro to implement the new hepatitis care project, making the release of certain drugs more effective and better access to the population, making the start of treatment faster.
Since the implementation of the program, 44 patients with hepatitis C have been treated and recovered, and eight patients have already started treatment during 2021.
In Nova Friburgo, hepatitis B vaccination is available to the general population in routine vaccination rooms. In celebration of World Viral Hepatitis Day, rapid detection tests for hepatitis B and C, which are taken regularly at Dr. Silvio Henrique Brown Medical Center (Suspiro) Clinic, Room 5, will be available every Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and in the Family Health Strategy (ESF) units in Riograndina, Nova Suiça, São Pedro da Serra, Olaria II and Olaria III, which will also provide for the distribution of informational materials on hepatitis viral. It is performed at the local emergency hospital Raúl Certa and at the maternity hospital Doutor Mário Dutra de Castro for pregnant women and their partners.