‘Stop discriminating against people with leprosy’

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Etim Ekpimah, Uyo

The Medical Superintendent of the Leprosy Hospital in Ekpene-Obom, Etinan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Afia Afia, has warned the general public against stigmatising people suffering from leprosy.

Describing leprosy as a curable disease, Afia said the general attitude to patients was capable of promoting stigmatisation and it should be totally avoided by the general public and the media.

He disclosed, in a release made available to journalists, that the tripartite agreement between the Leprosy Mission, the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria was still functioning.

He noted that the management of the hospital had acknowledged the continuous support of the Leprosy Mission in Nigeria and Northern Ireland to the hospital, especially the renovation of the limb department, female dormitory, female tuberculosis ward and the on-going construction of the Esther Davies Amenity ward.

Afia said that although financial support from TLM had slowed down due to global economic meltdown, it was still a major supporter of the hospital.

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