Health sector treats 39 cases of tuberculosis in northern Sinaloa


So far this year 800 samples have been made, of which 14 have been positive to this disease and most of the cases correspond to the municipality of Ahome.

Los Mochis, Sinaloa.- So far this year, 800 samples of tuberculosis have been made in northern Sinaloa, of which 14 have tested positive for this disease and the majority of cases correspond to the municipality of Ahome. 

In 2018 there were three thousand 600 samples in the northern area, 96 people were diagnosed with this disease, 71 are already cured and 25 continue in treatment, so they give a total of 39 patients in the northern area of ​​the state.

In that sense, Omar González Corral, head of the Health Jurisdiction 01, said that currently 39 patients are being treated. “A 25 patients last year, plus we have detected 14 so far this year. The work we do is aimed at the susceptible or vulnerable society that are: rehabilitation centers, prisons, nursing homes, because the people most affected are those who live in overcrowded conditions, in poor hygiene conditions, malnourished and who use drugs. ”

Prevention and detection

To prevent the spread of the disease, the Sanitary Jurisdiction 01 works in coordination with the different agricultural fields of the region and intends to extend the prevention and detection campaign to the places where the majority of cases have been diagnosed in Ahome. 

“We have imported cases. They are people who come sick from Chihuahua, that’s why we are working in an alliance with all the agricultural fields, so that when they arrive for the first time with their workers, they carry out studies of detections to all. We are doing a sweep in all the agricultural fields, we coordinate with those in charge of the fields so that the workers are shown. “

The health sector encourages the population to go to the nearest health center before any symptom to perform a sputum smear, which is free.

In this regard, Margarita Limón Chávez, coordinator of mycobacteriosis of the Health Jurisdiction 01, pointed out that tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can also be in other parts of the body, such as the lymph, kidney and intestine. “Tuberculosis is spread by air. If you are in a closed place, not ventilated and there is the mycobacterium and your defenses are low, of course you can get it. Mycobacterium tuberculosis destroys the sun, it is important that where there is a case of this disease, ventilate the house, take out the sun, do not use their utensils and do not discriminate against the tuberculosis patient, because they will not infect you with being near”.

Health units

It should be noted that the conditions that can make a person more vulnerable to suffering from tuberculosis are malnutrition, being an active user of drugs, decompensated diabetes, HIV and any disease that lowers the defenses of the immune system. 

Tuberculosis is curable when detected early and the patient adheres to treatment; but if left unattended it can be deadly. “The treatment lasts six months and consists of two phases: intensive, comprising 60 doses taken from Monday to Saturday, resting on Sundays, and four months later or 45 doses taken Monday, Wednesday and Friday 

March 24 is International TB Day and this year the commemorative motto is “It’s time to make history, let’s move towards the elimination of tuberculosis”.


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Source: El Debate

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