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    Kano State Govt. enrolls 526 leprosy patients for basic healthcare

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    by Aisha Ahmed
    Kano, Feb. 1, 2021 Kano State Government says it enrolled 526 leprosy patients for basic healthcare under the State Contributory Healthcare
    Management Agency in 2020.

    The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa, made this known on Monday in Kano at a news conference to commemorate the 2021 World Leprosy
    Day and World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day.

    Observed on the last Sunday of January each year, World Leprosy Day is a day set aside by the UN to drum up support, raise awareness and attention
    toward people living with the disease.

    This year’s awareness has “End Stigma and Advocate for Mental Well Being” as its theme.

    Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious disease caused by mycobacterium leprae. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral
    nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes.

    The disease is known to occur at all ages and curable in the early stages to prevent disability.

    Leprosy is likely transmitted via droplets, from the nose and mouth, during close and frequent contact with untreated cases.

    The Kano commissioner, therefore, said that patients enrolled into the scheme were among the 4,734 people with disabilities, expected to access free
    healthcare services at primary and secondary levels.

    He recalled that more than 200 leprosy cases were detected and treated through contact tracing, while 500 were treated for leprosy reactions.

    The commissioner highlighted the major clinical signs of leprosy to include hypo pigmentation anesthetic skin, as well as history of contact with untreated cases.

    According to him, Kano State has five endemic diseases namely: river blindness in 18 local governments, trachoma in 10 local governments, bilharziasis,
    lymphatic filariasis and soil transmitted helminths.

    Tsanyawa explained that government had done significantly well in reducing the transmission of tropical diseases, in line with the National Tuberculosis
    and Leprosy Control Program guidelines.

    He expressed the commitment of the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje administration to providing quality healthcare for the people.

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