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Health Crisis in Peru: Deficiencies in Health System Exposed by Uta Outbreak in Áncash (Video: ATV)

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Health Crisis in Peru: Deficiencies in Health System Exposed by Uta Outbreak in Áncash (Video: ATV)

The situation in Áncash revealed deficiencies in the health system, as multiple outbreaks of uta, an infectious disease, have been reported in recent weeks across Peru. Lima, Cusco, and Lambayeque have been particularly affected, prompting alerts from health authorities in the affected regions. According to ATV, in endemic areas, cases have ranged from 2 to 12 infections, but the response to these cases has shown inadequate hospital preparation at the national level, with a lack of essential treatments for those affected.

The district of Pallasca in Áncash is experiencing a worrying increase in uta cases, transmitted by mosquito bites. Despite reports of the Regional Health Directorate acquiring treatment vials, there have been delays in the distribution of medications to affected areas, like Payasca where 12 infected individuals are awaiting treatment. A similar situation exists in Huarochirí, Lima, where 10 infections were reported, including an older adult who has been unsuccessfully searching for medications.

Cases have also been reported in Cusco and Lambayeque, further highlighting the urgency of delivering treatments. The Ministry of Health has announced the national distribution of 90 thousand treatment vials, with a plan to distribute a total of 350 thousand drugs to the most affected regions. Health Minister César Vásquez emphasized the importance of ensuring timely delivery to patients in need.

It is essential to address the shortage of medications to treat leishmaniasis, impacting the health of individuals like Yolanda Becerra’s daughter, who has been affected since last August. Uta, a type of cutaneous leishmaniasis, causes ulcers on the skin and requires antiparasitic medications for treatment. Prevention measures focus on reducing exposure to sandfly vectors through repellents and mosquito nets.

Limited access to medical care and treatment exacerbates the situation in rural areas, where the disease is spreading rapidly. Health authorities are working to distribute medications and educate the population on preventive measures to contain the outbreak. Factors such as socioeconomic conditions, malnutrition, population mobility, and environmental changes contribute to the proliferation of uta cases, according to the World Health Organization.

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