National Leprosy Control Plan unveiled in Nigeria

Hand affected by buruli ulcer

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has revealed a four year National Strategic Plan for control of leprosy and buruli ulcer. He is optimistic that this plan would be able to address the stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy.

The national policy on strategic plan includes reaching the unreached, to combat stigma and discrimination as well as to expedite partnership. It also plans to ensure available and conclusive treatment and healthcare services

He encourages Nigerians to practice good hygiene as well as to consult a doctor for a confirmatory test if they start to experience patches on their skin. The patches are usually not itchy nor painful and diagnosis and treatment can be carried out for free in Nigeria. He also advises doctors to screen all pregnant women for the test as well.



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