The Environment Leprosy Working day, celebrated very last Sunday in January just about every 12 months, has been marked by the Ankaful Leprosarium Normal Medical center (ALGH) in Cape Coast.
It was on the theme “Beat Leprosy, End Stigma, Advocate for Mental Wellness.”
The Working day is celebrated globally to build awareness of the disease and to sensitize the community to eschew all varieties of stigmatization versus persons dwelling with the disease.
Speaking at the event, Dr Benedict Okoe Quao, National Leprosy Programmes Manager, stated stigmatizing folks with the condition, was adequate to flip their restricted disease into eternal agony.
There had been a decline in the incident of leprosy conditions globally within the very last 10-15 decades, he explained and termed for put together efforts to stop its spread.
Given that the establishment of Ghana Leprosy Provider some 67 decades in the past, he stated, numerous actors have labored tediously to lower leprosy transmission and its associated problems and deformities.
To eradicate the ailment, Dr Quao reported it would take collective and collaborative initiatives from crucial actors to see a transformation.
“We may possibly not have the solitary magic bullet to instantly eradicate, but we can promise that ending stigmatization is a match-changer,” he included.
He referred to as on the community to assistance create a pleasant and welcoming environment for people today with leprosy to sense beloved.
“It is clear that they contacted it through no fault of theirs and due to the fact we can all not be way too guaranteed of what the future retains for us we will have to clearly show them, love,” he said.
Mr Kofi Jackson Nyarko, a panel member of Leprosy in Africa, who experienced the ailment, claimed leprosy was curable and men and women who have it desired societal support to heal more quickly.
Sharing his ordeal, he revealed how he contacted the disorder with his 3 other sisters.
He reported it took 13 a long time for it to be identified and by that time, the disorder experienced aggravated. “Even though I am now cured I continue to have its deformities,” he stated.
“The disease alone does not destroy but the stigmatization linked with it has the prospective to get rid of quicker than any lethal ailment.”
Even though shedding tears, he recounted how the afflicted relatives customers misplaced their names, stressing, “We suddenly dropped our names, now folks phone us lepers even when they know our names and that is sickening.”
Mr Nyarko urged all to stop by the closest clinic any time they practical experience any type of skin infection for early analysis and procedure.
Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Classic Space, said it was crucial to renew the hopes of afflicted individuals for them to stay their lives to the fullest.
“We can all participate in our section in our different communities although attempts are produced by the authorities to assistance rehabilitate them,” he additional. He urged all to be advocates to enable share what he explained as the “good news” so that generations to come would not have to deal with the similar difficulties.