Today, we participate in an interview with Laina Ramos, of the Communications Center, Institutional Relations and Ombudsman of Lagoa Grande Prefecture, to talk about the great work that is being developed between the NHR Brazil and the city of Lagoa Grande, and the impressions of the visit of the Dutch Shira Latuhihin, representative of the NLR Amsterdam office, was the city to talk to patients and health professionals. The story was published on the official website of the municipality http://www.lagoagrande.pe.gov.br/site/index.php?p=noticias_ver&id=705.
The week of the visit, was the World Leprosy Day then took the opportunity to interview us and talk about the disease and the work of NHR Brazil.
I had the wonderful opportunity to clarify some doubts about the disease the signs and symptoms, treatment and diagnosis as well as talk about the importance of strengthening the city's Self-Care Group - this group was be create to encourage disabled people to meet together to talk about solving self-care problems and to practice self-care together, which from the beginning has the support of NHR Brazil. After the interview, we went to visit some patients to talk about what they thought of the self-care group and also about the disease. I was very happy to reach the home of the patient and she reports the importance of meetings of the self-care group. Dona Veneranda Gomes 41 years old, guarantees "I am part of the group, these meetings I like and learn a lot, inform me, make friends and learn to inform other people who still get suspicious and fearful."
The municipality is located in the countryside of Pernambuco, 677 km from Recife, the capital.
Despite being a small city, with a population of 24.183 inhabitants, it is considered the hyper-endemic for leprosy. In 2013, the detection rate was 144.92 cases per 100,000 inhabitants Which Corresponds to 34 cases.