No fewer than 4,000 new untreated leprosy cases are being recorded annually in Nigeria, mainly from the poverty-ravaged communities, the Leprosy Mission, Nigeria (TLMN) has said. The mission’s Operation Manager, Pius Sunday, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Sokoto at a seminar organised by the mission. Mr. Sunday spoke at a one-day Annual State-Level Advocacy Seminar on “Roles of the Media and Elected Government Officials” to persons affected by leprosy and other diseases. According to him, leprosy is still prevalent in the country, and is the disease of the poor, aggravated by poor hygiene. “The standard of living of people should be improved, with increased availability of good food and potable water, among others.”Many of them (victims) cannot afford the meals that will boost their immune system and once they get infected, it can easily show,” he said. Mr. Sunday called on the three tiers of government to make their social support programmes “very strategic and sustainable”.He said, “This is to squarely address the issue of poverty in the rural communities and further tame the disease.”

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