Peru declares a State of Health Emergency due to the increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome

Judith Pena | July 10, 2023

Due to the unusual increase in cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, the Peruvian government has declared a state of health emergency for 90 days.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that causes the immune system to attack the body’s nerves, deteriorating them to the point where the patient is immobile and can lead to death.

So far, 165 cases have been registered and four deaths in the country and four deaths, and in at least 18 of the 24 departments cases have been reported, hence the urgency of declaring a state of National Emergency.

The decree indicates that an action plan was designed with a budget of 12.12 million soles (about 3.27 million dollars), to improve patient care in health services, to reinforce control of the increase in cases.

Informative material will also be prepared to distribute to the population and health personnel.

The government fixed that they will acquire intravenous immunoglobulin and human albumin to deal with this condition.

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