Leprosy hits Mzimba

Officials from Mzimba District Hospital are seeking financial assistance to sensitise people on leprosy after eight pepole have since been diaognised with the one of the oldest diseases in the world.

A patient shows the effects of leprosy on his hands

A patient shows the effects of leprosy on his handsOwen Kham

Dan Kwacha, skin disease and leprosy officer at the district hospital confirmed that eight people are now on leprosy treatment.

He said the number can go up as some people might be suffering from the disease but might not know the signs and symptoms of the disease.

“That is why we need money to sensitize people on the symptoms and signs of the disease. The earlier they know its leprosy the better,” he said.

He said currently the hospital does not have a budget for such an activity and feared this might affect more patients suffering in villages but not knowing its leprosy.

Leprosy has also hit Balaka where 23 cases were recorded last year and there are fears it might be making a come back after the World Health Organisation certified Malawi lerosy free some years back.

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