Gombe records over 50% drop in leprosy cases
THE Gombe State Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control agency has confirmed a more than 50% drop in the prevalence rate of the disease in the state, with statistics reading 100 cases in 2012 and 47 in 20 13. The Project Manager, Dr Mustapha Musa, stated this at Kwadon village in Yamaltu/ Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State, yesterday during the state’s commemoration of World Leprosy day, with the theme ‘Joining Forces Accelerating Progress.’ He ascribed the success to the level of awareness among the general public, as people with symptoms of the disease now report to hospitals on good time to access the treatment. He said the disease is curable if the treatment starts early, adding that people may not even notice any trace on the patient that access treatment early. Dr. Musa further said the commemoration of Leprosy day was aimed at making government more politically committed to its eradication. “We want to eradicate the disease totally in the state and the entire country,” he said.