Leprosy Cases Detected Countrywide

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By Peter Odyambo

The 2015/16 Annual Health Sector Performance Report indicates that 266 new leprosy cases have been detected across the country.

The report states that 6% of the cases are of children less than 15 years of age.

The new cases are reported from 13 out of 112 districts in the country, which include Luweero, Nakaseke, Kampala, Oyam, Gulu, Pader, Yumbe, Arua, Koboko, Lira, Mayuge, Luuka, Iganga, Wakiso and Mubende.

Luweero District Health Officials say at least 30 people have been diagnosed with leprosy in the past three years and called for renewed awareness campaigns to contain the outbreak across the country.

Luweero District Focal Person for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Mr Ronald Mubiru says that many health workers can’t diagnose the disease so they end up treating it as a mere skin disease, which exposes patients to more risk.