Twenty (20) new cases of leprosy have been recorded in Kogi State.
The state Programe Officer, Leprosy Mission Nigeria, (LMN) Mrs. Hannah Fashona made the disclosure on Monday in Lokoja while presenting Covid19 palliatives to persons affected by leprosy and disabilities in the State.
Mrs Fashona explained that the new cases were recorded between January to November 2020.
Fashona who noted that the organization is determined towards ensuring that Nigeria is free from the disease added that the state referrar center located in Ochadamu, Kogi Eastern flank had succeeded in treating some patients affected with the disease.
Fashona however faulted the claim of the Federal Government that Nigeria have attained zero elimination campaign of leprosy in the country.
“The issue in Nigeria is not only limited to leprosy alone. The Federal Ministry of Health recently said they have recorded zero elimination campaign of leprosy, whereas, day in day out, we record new cases of which children are largely involved.
“Some of this patients don’t come when it is early, they come when it is either grade one or grade two disabilities. They must have gone round the whole herbalist before somebody will refer them to our referrer centre in Ochadamu for them to get solution. The Federal Government has to come in to achieve that zero elimination campaign and should not be by lip service”.
Through raising awareness, prevention, treatment and follow-up, she noted that LMN will continue to support the Leprosy community so that they can leave a normal lives among their peers in the society.
On the palliative distribution, Fashona said, “If this pandemic could cripple businesses, nations across the world; how much more people of this caliber. It is obvious that their own situation will terrible. This is why the Leprosy Mission decided to come up with this to cushion the effect of outbreak of corona virus.
“As I speak to you, over 80 household across the three senatorial district will benefit from this palliatives. This will go a long way at reducing hunger in the land”.
Chairman, Kogi NGO network, Mr Idris Muraina eulogized TLM Nigeria for their continuous intervention at ameliorating the sufferings of the less privileged in the state, stressing that, Civil Societies will continue to partner with them to achieve zero leprosy in Nigeria.End