Monday, February 1, 2021

Kano records 118 new leprosy cases


 Kano State has recorded 118 new cases of leprosy -an infectious disease caused by a bacillus mycobacterium leprae, which affects the skin, peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and eyes.

The Nation

Endemic Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as river blindness has also been found in 18 local government areas, trachoma in 10 councils, while bilharziasis/schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminthes are endemic across the 44 councils of Kano state.

Commissioner for Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, announced this at a press conference marking the commemoration of 2021 World Leprosy and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

He, however, said no death was reported from leprosy throughout last year, adding that the 118 affected persons have been enrolled for treatment in government facilities.

Tsanyawa said a total of 202,189 new leprosy cases were detected globally, while the African region detected a total of 20,209 new cases, of which Nigeria has the highest number with 2,424 leprosy cases, constituting 1.2 percent and 10th position of the global figures.

He added that the country currently occupies 4th position of the 20 high leprosy burden in Africa.

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