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Jigawa treats 215 leprosy patients

11 April 2013, 16:08

Jigawa - The Jigawa Government in the last two years treated 215 leprosy patients under its free leprosy treatment programme, its Leprosy Control Programme Manager, Nura Shuaib, said.

Shuaib told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Dutse that 215 were treated in 2011, while 212 new cases of the disease were recorded in the state in 2012.

According to him, those diagnosed with the disease are currently receiving treatment at various designated centres across the state.

``We have a Multi-Drug Therapy (MDI) strategy given to patients for 12 months. This treatment is going on in various health facilities in the state,” he said.

This, he said, was part of strategies adopted to enhance access to treatment and reduce prevalence of the disease.

He explained that the Jigawa Government in collaboration with the Netherlands Leprosy Control Programme had adopted practical measures to control the disease in the state.

According to him, the programme has also embarked on elaborate campaign to create awareness on the disease, so as to encourage early reduction of the disease.

Shuaib said that the campaign also focused on promoting behavioural and attitudinal change to reduce stigma against lepers.



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