Leprosy Mission of Nigeria, TLM, has said that it has uncovered 3,805 new untreated cases of leprosy in the country out of which 966 cases were in North West even as Niger state recorded 161 new cases in 2014.
This was disclosed in Minna yesterday at a training for the media practitioners in Niger state aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination against persons affected with leprosy,adding that the Non- Governmental Organization NGO in 2014 was able to cover only five local governments in Niger state saying that the 161 new cases comprised 11 children 7percent, 72 were females and 31 of 19 percent with GD2.
The Funds Development Manager of the Mission, Mr. Terver Anyor who made this known at the training urged the media to assist in sensitization of the public to desist from stigma and discriminating against persons affected with leprosy.
Heb explained that after treatment they can’t affect others but only leave with the deformation as consequences of the disease especially those who lose their limbs.
Anyor noted that recently 12 cases were found in Kudami village of Kafinkoro in Paikoro local government of Niger state stressing that the effort to sensitize the media so as to in turn do same to the general public.
He told the participants to give out correct information, take a stand against stigma and discrimination, lend a voice by domesticating laws of United Nations and to join advocacy campaign in domesticating UN resolution and convention.
He further said the Mission in an effort to prevent disability gave 750 persons footwear, provided 449 persons with crutches, 10 people with artificial limbs and trained 103 persons as well 50 community leaders.
According to him, some of the NGO’s achievements in 2014 included the training of the four communities on improved farming, 189 persons were trained on new marketing skills and organised workshops held in 4 communities about the ills of begging.
Sunday stated that the 141 years old NGO has assisted globally within 28 countries with the mission to see affected persons living meaningful lives, be independent and empowered to take full responsibility of their lives and advocate for their human rights so as to contribute to the development of their society.

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