Critical appraisal about control programs and elimination of leprosy in Peru, and its consequences for Peru and America

Authors

  • Zuño Burstein Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Médico dermatólogo tropicalista. Profesor emérito de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Académico honorario de la Academia Nacional de Medicina. Ex Jefe del Laboratorio Referencial Nacional de Lepra del INS/MINSA .

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2014.312.55

Keywords:

Leprosy, Prevention and control, Health public policy, Peru

Abstract

A critical analysis of health control measures that historically took place in Peru to the present which has led Peru to officially consider leprosy as an “eliminated” public health problem. We will also discuss the validity of the status given the neglect of health surveillance, disbanded specialized control entities, health medical staff forgetting to account for leprosy in early stages, the presence of undiagnosed smear-positive leprosy in Lima and the undeniable hidden prevalence, suggest that there is a danger to the country and the region that a re-emergence of leprosy will occur, if relevant and appropriate sanitary measures are not taken.

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Published

2014-07-02

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Symposium

How to Cite

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Burstein Z. Critical appraisal about control programs and elimination of leprosy in Peru, and its consequences for Peru and America. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Jul. 2 [cited 2024 May 20];31(2). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/55

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