Plateau State Ministry of Health said about 49 diagnosed cases of leprosy was recorded in 2015. State Commissioner for Health, Kunden Kamshak made this known at a media briefing commemorating the world lepporsy day and the annual program review and awards of communities, drug contributors held at Elim center in Jos.
This year’s theme is zero disability in children affected by leprosy and focuses on earlier dictation of the disease in adults who transmitted it to children. The world leprosy day is observed in the last Sunday of January every year to focus attention and create awareness on the disease. The day was initiated to create global awareness on the disease and to call attention on the fact that it can be prevented, treated, and cured.
The Commissioner noted that with the support of the Netherlands Leprosy Relief, Government has put a system in place to ensure that leprosy is being detected through some activities which includes training of health care workers, supervision visit to leprosy centers and elimination campaign.
He said Government is also involve in the prevention of disability activities in Jos North and Qua’an Pan LGAs where 46 people are affected by leprosy and trained on self help also benefiting from protective devices. The Country directors, Netherlands Leprosy Relief in Nigeria, said the Organization has being in the Country since 1974 which has seen the sharp decline of the disease over the years but total eradication has not been achieved saying Plateau State is one of the less endemic States in the Country and advised people against discriminating those affected by the disease. The eradication of tropical disease in Nigeria is key to reducing disease in the Country.
The Carter center was founded in 1983 by the former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosaline with the aim of improving the quality of life of the people in more than 80 countries including Nigeria. The operation of the center in Nigeria focuses mainly on the eradication of tropical diseases such as Guinea worm, river blindness, Elephantiasis, glaucoma, malaria as well transmitted health ills with most of them eradicated with a few at the verge of eradication while some still at control level.
In an address, Plateau State Commissioner of Health Kunden Kamshark commended the carter center for intervention in tackling diseases and other challenging issues adding that the state Government will continue to partner with them and other nongovernmental organizations to ensure the achievement of their set targets.
Earlier country representative of the center, Dr. Emmanuel Miri said the center which is aimed at promoting peace, fighting diseases and building hope has achieved a lot in the eradication and the control of diseases to it barest minimum level in the country and will continue to collaborate with state Government and other development partners to achieve peaceful and disease free society. Giving an over view of the center of health programs in Nigeria, Director, Plateau and Nasarawa integrated program of carter center Dr. Abel Igigi said a lot has been achieved and so and far by focusing on malaria transmission control through long lasting insecticides, mosquito net distribution, monitoring and evaluation, change intervention and integration as well as advocacy. There were good will messages from non Governmental Organizations, Director primary health care and disease control Plateau State Ibrahim Guntul.
The event climax with an award presentation to best performing drug distribution from 9 states covered by Carter Center.