With thanks to Odia Online 26.3.2011:
The Town of Macaé in Brazil is a pioneer in the use of homeopathy in dengue. Distribution is via health clinics, bus terminals, schools and health workers’ visits to the districts. Homeopathy reduced the infection rate from Dengue Fever significantly.
Macaé (RJ) – The city of Macae, through the Secretary of Health adopts various strategies to combat dengue, which has contributed to the reduction of mortality in the county. Since 2007, an innovative action, homeopathy is used for specific actions in the districts as a precautionary measure to avoid complications of diseases. According to the coordination of Public Health with the use of homeopathy against dengue, there is a significant reduction in the number of cases of the disease.
“The incidence in Macaé, in 2008, fell by 71% compared to 2007, while in the North Fluminense, Macaé which is a part, had an increase of 273%, and the state of Rio de Janeiro was increase of 315%, “says the doctor and coordinator of Community Health, Laila Nunes. The homeopathic remedy is distributed free of charge to people at clinics and at strategic points in the city, such as bus terminals, downtown, schools and neighborhoods in stock.
The coordinator also stated that the city of Rio de Janeiro, the most populous state, an increase of 401%. Laila was invited by the Ministry of Health, participated in late last year, the Workshop for updating the National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices in Health The doctor insists that the choice of drugs was based on epidemiological concept called homeopathic genius epidemic, where we study the cases and chooses the best medicine. The drugs are used for prevention and treatment of dengue. “The action of the drug is expected to reduce fever and body aches in patients who have contracted the disease, said Laila Nunes.
Who has not caught dengue fever, can also take the remedy for the outbreak of the virus is not as intense in case of contamination. The drug can be used by people of all ages, including pregnant women, he said. Appointed by the Ministry of Health as one of the states on alert for the dengue epidemic, the State of Rio de Janeiro today is experiencing a disease outbreak. The number of notifications in the capital is greater than the sum of the years 2010 and 2009. In Macaé, the latest Survey of Quick Index Infestation by Aedes aegypti (Lira), held from 14-18 March, showed alertness to infestation of larvae in the city.
Actions such as the Task Force and the joint efforts
The health secretary, Eduardo Cardoso, remember that the politics of confrontation of dengue, conducted by the secretariat, which is based on the intersectoral in the city are called “Task Force” and “Volunteer work” with the involvement of health, sanitation, of urban sanitation, environment, education, the Municipal Guard and society. “The use of homeopathy in public health represents a complementary manner to all public health actions.”
Contribution of homeopathy to the control of an outbreak of dengue in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro Laila Aparecida de Souza Nunes Municipal Secretary of Health, Macaé, RJ, Brazil Int J High Dilution Res 2008; 7(25):186-192
ABSTRACT: Homeopathy has contributed throughout history to the control and eradication of epidemic diseases.
Facing the challenge of controlling an outbreak of dengue, the Secretary of Health of the county of Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in early 2007 carried out a “Homeopathy Campaign against Dengue”. 156,000 doses of homeopathic remedy were freely distributed in April and May 2007 to asymptomatic patients and 129 doses to symptomatic patients treated in outpatient clinics, according to the notion of “epidemic genus”.
The remedy used was a homeopathic complex against dengue containing Phosphorus 30cH, Crotalus horridus 30cH and Eupatorium perfoliatum 30cH. The incidence of the disease in the first three months of 2008 fell 93% by comparison to the corresponding period in 2007, whereas in the rest of the State of Rio de Janeiro there was an increase of 128%.
While confounding factors were not controlled for, these results suggest that homeopathy may be an effective adjunct in Dengue outbreak prevention.