The State Health Department (SES) held, on Wednesday afternoon (31), in the Funad auditorium, the first face-to-face training for primary care professionals in relation to Monkeypox’s clinical management protocol. On the occasion, professionals from the 1st Health Region were contemplated. By September 13, all regions of the state will have participated in the qualification.
The action has an educational and preparatory nature so that primary care teams from all 223 municipalities in Paraíba are able to identify the signs and symptoms of the disease and thus initiate care measures and guide the patient in relation to the prevention of contagion. For the interlocutor of Vigiar SUS Cievs PB, Mirela Ferreira, “it is essential that professionals can offer the necessary assistance and give the relevant referrals for the diagnosis and treatment of the patient from the first moment he seeks a health unit”.
The infectious disease specialist and director of the Clementino Fraga Hospital Complex, Fernando Chagas, points out that monkeypox is less serious compared to the smallpox we know, but that it is necessary to know the disease in order to provide care support to the population. “Symptoms are usually milder. What will impact the first moment of patient care is the differential diagnosis in relation to diseases with similar symptoms, especially in relation to skin lesions”, he explains.
Fernando Chagas says that “this knowledge that we are sharing today will make it possible to identify monkeypox more efficiently, providing better patient care from the moment they first contact healthcare professionals. Recognizing the disease through symptoms is necessary as it can be confused with herpes, chickenpox, syphilis and bacterial skin infections.”
The Central Public Health Laboratory of Paraíba (Lacen-PB) also participated in the training, advising professionals on the collection, storage and transport of samples for the detection of monkeypox, in addition to emphasizing care with identification and registration of samples in the system.
The SES reinforces that Paraíba has been preparing, since June, to fight the disease and continuously train professionals to identify cases and collect materials for testing. The training was carried out remotely and remains available on the institution’s official YouTube channel, to facilitate access for professionals who still have questions about the disease and the clinical management protocol.