HOIMA HOSPITAL, GERMAN LEPROSY RELIEF ASSOCIATION PARTNER TO FIGHT LEPROSY

Hoima Referral Hospital

BY CHRIS FRANK

HOIMA: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Hoima Regional Referral hospital in partnership with the German Leprosy relief association has embarked on a major campaign to create awareness of the existence of leprosy in the Bunyoro region.

During an engagement with stakeholders held at the Out Patient Department, Hoima regional Referral hospital, Harry Mpewo, the focal person zero leprosy campaign in Bunyoro says  they are aiming to eliminate leprosy disease by 2030.

Mpewo said they have started the campaign with sensitizing the different people that include health workers, community leaders, village health teams, leprosy survivors as well as patients and will soon embark on skin medical camps in different districts of Bunyoro.

He said leprosy has been in existence for a long time and it majorly affects the skin’s nerves, eyes, nose and may cause nose bleeding, difficulty in breathing.

Leprosy is an airborne disease that can lead to permanent disability if not handled at an early stage.

Six to ten patients report to Hoima regional referral hospital with new leprosy infections every year according to the statistics.

Mpewo called on the public to always consult health centres in case they witness spots on their bodies saying leprosy infections do not cause body itching and people may always tend to ignore such early signs.

He implored that the community should not discriminate against patients but rather support their healing process.

Meanwhile Florence Alezuyo, a health worker at the Department of mental clinic, said in the communities, culture and myths are still hindering the fight against leprosy, saying some people still believe that the paternal aunties are behind the infections.

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