Gombe— The Gombe State Office of the Leprosy and Tuberculosis, TB, Control Programme, said on Wednesday it has detected five new leprosy cases among children in the state.
Dr Mustapha Musa, the Programme Manager said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Gombe that the new cases point to a resurgence of leprosy in the state.
He said the five cases were detected between January and April this year in Dukku, Yamaltu-Deba and Shongom Local Government Areas. According to him, leprosy cases in the state had before now, dropped significantly.
“The cases in the state seem to be dropping. In 2011, there were 120 cases, in 2012 it dropped to less than 100 and now the reverse is the case and is manifesting among children,” he said.
Musa lamented that the disease was not receiving the desired attention in spite of its devastating effects.
“Leprosy does not seem to be a public health issue; governments at all levels should take it seriously because of its devastating effect,” the manager added.
He said measures had been taken to track down the source of the new infections and stop further transmission.