Statistics from the Acholi Sub Regional Leprosy coordinator, Jimmy Komakech show that 26 new cases of severe leprosy have been reported with five cases reported in Gulu district. Kitgum, Lamwo and Nwoya have four cases each.
At least 26 cases of grade two leprosy disease have been reported
in the Acholi Sub Region.
Statistics from the Acholi Sub Regional Leprosy coordinator, Jimmy Komakech
show that 26 new cases of severe leprosy have been reported with five cases
reported in Gulu district. Kitgum, Lamwo and Nwoya have four cases each.
The other affected districts are Omoro, Amuru, and Pader districts with each
registering three cases. The same report indicates that the cases are many
among persons with disabilities.
Komakech says that there could be many more cases within the
community that were neither reported to health facilities nor diagnosed or
In Gulu district, Jacob Ojok the Leprosy Focal Point person says that the
detection and early diagnosis of the disease is still the major challenge among
the health workers.
Dr Sarah Byakika the Commissioner in Charge of Planning at the Ministry of
Health says that Leprosy is still a problem in the country with 50% of the
patients reporting Grade 2 Leprosy presenting among persons with disability at
the time of the first diagnosis against the 13.8% target rate.
She attributes this to low awareness of leprosy and delayed diagnosis,
something she says calls for increased awareness about the disease.
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Leprosy is a chronic, curable infectious disease mainly causing skin lesions
and nerve damage. It is caused by infection with the bacterium Mycobacterium
leprae and mainly affects the skin, eyes, nose, and peripheral nerves.
Symptoms include light-colored or red skin patches with reduced sensation,
numbness, and weakness in hands and feet.
Leprosy can be cured with 6-12 months of multi-drug therapy. Early treatment
The Ministry of Health states that Uganda has achieved the target of
elimination of Leprosy as a public health problem however, several new Leprosy continues
to be notified annually.
In 2009, the case detection rate was 1.2/100,000. New cases continue to occur
but 2/3 of cases came from only 13 out of 112 districts. New cases are unevenly
distributed and this complicates Leprosy control efforts.
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