During 2018, the rate of congenital syphilis decreased from 7.7 to 2.8 per thousand live births. This represents a decrease of almost 5 points compared to 2017; the year in which there was a peak in the cases and which warned the health care system to intervene more intensively. This rate is even lower than in 2016, before the peak, which was 3.8.
In addition, deaths for this reason were reduced, as in 2017 there were 12 deaths of babies due to congenital syphilis, and in 2018 the figure dropped to 4.
From the province, said these results are related to a series of strategies that were implemented by the Ministry of Health to address this issue, arising from the premise on the situation of HIV transmission, syphilis, hepatitis B, and congenital Shagas for the transfer of mother and babies such an end
"The room for the situation of IMT has enabled us to work cross-sectorally, to centralize the data and to have quality information for decision-making, to generate new strategies for prevention and accessibility to diagnosis and treatment, to strengthen the training and to sensitize the health teams. results are encouraging, but we must continue to work, "said Analia Kudola, secretary for prevention and improvement of health.
For his part, Health Minister Francis Fortuna said: "Faced with a situation that warned us, a comprehensive health response was designed. It was very valuable to put the data on the table, to ask how we could improve them and bring them the necessary decisions to achieve this. "