Kano State government has said it enrolled 526 leprosy patients for basic health care under the state’s Contributory Healthcare Management Agency last year.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa, made this known yesterday in Kano at a conference to commemorate this year’s World Leprosy Day and World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day.
The Commissioner said, patients enrolled in the scheme were among the 4,734 people with disabilities, expected to access free health care services at primary and secondary levels.
He recalled that more than 200 leprosy cases were detected and treated through contact-tracing, while 500 were treated for leprosy reactions.
The commissioner highlighted the major clinical signs of leprosy to include hypopigmentation anaesthetic skin, as well as the history of contact with untreated cases.
According to him, Kano State has five endemic diseases namely river blindness in 18 local government areas, trachoma in 10 local government areas, bilharziasis, lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths.
Tsanyawa explained that government had done significantly well in reducing the transmission of tropical diseases, in line with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme guidelines.
He expressed the commitment of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration toward providing quality health care for the people.