Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health said government in collaboration with stakeholders will provide health facilities and other consumables to people affected with leprosy.
The Director Media and Public Relation in the ministry, Mrs Boade Akinola, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
She said the minister disclosed this while visiting Yangoji Leprosy Community, Kwali Area Council, Abuja, as part of activities to mark the 2017 World Leprosy Day.
She also said government will collaborate with FCT Administration to increase support to the lepers in FCT and liaise with stakeholders to support people affected by leprosy in Nigeria.
“I know there are other leprosy communities that are in serious state of disrepair.
I will certainly get in touch with the Minister of FCT so that together we can visit Dakwa community in FCT to access how we can support them.
I want to assure you that the real message we want to let the whole world know is that leprosy does not kill, leprosy is preventable, it is treatable and it is curable,” she said.
Adewole explained that the theme of this year’s World Leprosy Day is “Zero Disability among children affected by Leprosy’’.
He said the theme was borne out of the need to prevent children from being infected with leprosy.
The minister said that leprosy is preventable and treatable, any child found with it’s symptoms should quickly be taken to the relevant authority for treatment.
The minister commended the Board of Trustees of Leprosy Mission, Nigeria; World Health Organisation; the Damian Foundation of Belgium, German Leprosy and TB Relief Association for their support to people affected by leprosy.
She also quoted Mr Ahmed Nasir, the Chairman of Persons Affected by Leprosy, urging government to support people affected by leprosy with basic health and social amenities.
“We hereby call on government and other partners at the Federal, State and Local Levels to come to our aid.
We also call on all Nigerians to see us as equal and part of the society.
We need all the support to enable us actualize our full potentials towards national development,’’ he said.