No fewer than 68 patients with leprosy disease cases in Sokoto state recorded between January to March, 2017 are on treatment , according to Kabiru Umar, Deputy Coordinator, TB and Leprosy control progamme in the state.
Umar made the disclosure in Sokoto Wednesday during a One day Annual State Level Advocacy Seminar on Roles of the Media and Elected Local Government Officials Towards Persons Affected by Leprosy and Other Disabilities.
The Seminar which drew participants from the media, LGs, NGOs, among other major stakeholders was organised by The Leprosy Mission Nigeria(TLMN), Sokoto state office.
The Coordinator explained that 50 of the patients were of MB while the remaining 18 fall within the PB category.
Umar however, stated that the state had 92 cases from across 36 villages in Kebbe, Gudu and Rabah in 2016 with this statistical record, there is significant improvement in the current year he pointed out.
Speaking during a graphic presentation, Programme Manager, The Leprosy Mission in Nigeria(TLMN), Mr Pius Ogbu Sunday noted that the prevalence of the disease which he stated could still be cured was still active in most communities.
Leprosy is curable using the Multi Drug Theraphy(MDT) from 6-12 months depending on the degree of infection he said.
According to him, 2015 statistics had shown that Sokoto state among others within the north attracts a vulnerability proportion of 100-199 new and untreated cases of leprosy.
Sunday however, said 95% of Nigerians would not have contract leprosy for the acute poverty level resulting to poor dieting which further affects their immune system not to be able to fight bacteria infections.
Though, the Mission\’s Official said\’ it takes 5-20 years of prolonged and close contact.
Sokoto state is at high risk of leprosy level he stressed.