Twenty new cases of leprosy have been recorded in Kogi State according to the Kogi state program officer, Leprosy Mission Nigeria (LMN).
Briefing newsmen in Lokoja on Monday at the COVID-19 response palliatives distribution for communities of persons affected by leprosy and disabilities in Kogi State, the State Program officer, Leprosy Mission Nigeria, (LMN) Mrs Hannah Fashona explained that the new cases were recorded between January to November 2020.
Fashona who noted that the organization is determined towards ensuring that Nigeria is free from the disease added that the state referrer centre located in Ochadamu, Eastern flank of Kogi State had succeeded in treating some patients affected with the disease.
According to her, it is on record that due to fear and lack of knowledge, over 3 million people across the world are living with undiagnosed leprosy and every day the disease causes more damage to their health, livelihood and future.
Fashona, however, faulted the claim of the Federal Government that Nigeria has attained zero elimination campaign of leprosy in the country, Tribuneonline reports.