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31st January: World Leprosy Day

leprosyYesterday was world leprosy day, a day set aside by the world health organization to create awareness on the control and elimination of leprosy.

Commenting on the day the state coordinator National leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Doctor Markus Nzunde said every year over 100 cases of leprosy is recorded in the state.

He explained that the disease affects the skin and deform it, saying free medical test and drugs were provided for those infected.

According to him, early diagnosis and treatment of the disease is the key to eradicating it.

He enjoined people with skin infection to go for diagnosis and urged the society not to stigmatize people with leprosy.

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