As part of World Diabetes Day, which is commemorated every November 14, Health Minister Kelly Portalatino today stressed the importance of properly and effectively addressing prevention and promotion from the first level of care, in order to avoid disease complications. .
The Minister participated today in a diabetic retinopathy prevention campaign carried out by the National Institute of Ophthalmology (INO) “Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos” and aimed at diabetic patients without ophthalmological treatment, in order to improve their quality of life.
Accompanied by the Director General of INO, Félix Torres Cotrina, Portalatino Ávalos visited the various facilities and clinics where guidance and care are provided to users, thus collecting requests from patients and health personnel.
Portalatino Ávalos pointed out that INO’s vision is important, because before reaching diabetic retinopathy surgery, professionals in the country are the fundamental point to avoid these complications due to diabetes, therefore, prevention and promotion are needed from the first Level of attention.
“But for the first level of care to provide this service correctly and efficiently, we must provide all the resources and all the instruments for our health professionals from the multidisciplinary team to treat and detect diabetes in time,” he said. he assures.
In this sense, the Minister recalled that Minsa is committed to being a management with a social, human and inclusive face because it is time to change the history of public health, which requires attention and budget to respond to the quality service of which all Peruvians need.
“We have started a good job and this campaign against retinopathy is a hope. INO has a team at the cutting edge of technology to respond to user requests, which is why we will continue to build the capacity of ophthalmologists across the country and provide tools to operating rooms, so that quality operations can be carried out,” he assured.
Diabetes in Peru
In Peru, more than 9,000 cases of diabetes were diagnosed in the first quarter of 2022. 63% of them correspond to women and 37% to men.
In addition, 98% of recorded cases correspond to type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is linked, among other things, to excess weight.
One of the main complications of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, a disease that has become the leading cause of irreversible blindness of working age in industrialized countries, although it is preventable in 90% of cases with early and adequate treatment. , according to a study by the IMO Foundation of Spain.
Diabetic retinopathy can coexist with other eye conditions such as dry eye syndrome, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, which aggravate this disease, hence the importance of early diagnosis to prevent the progression and blindness.
During the campaign, patients diagnosed with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which is the most advanced stage of diabetic eye disease, will continue their treatment with INO.
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