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LEPROSY IS BACK

ByMuthoni Githire

Sep 25, 2020

Close to two decades after Kenya was declared Leprosy-free, news cases of the diseases have been recorded across the country. Leprosy, an outmoded disease so old that people only relate to it through the Bible, infected 15 people in Kenya in 2018 due to ignorance of the public and healthcare workers. Statistics from the County Coordinator of Tuberculosis and Leprosy show that at least 15 cases were documented in the previous year. 14 cases were recorded in 2019 and as of June this year, five cases have been registered.

The patients are drawn from Busia, Kisumu, Kakamega, Siaya, Nyamira, Nairobi and Kiambu counties. Others have also been drawn from Uganda. All the seven sub counties in Busia have recorded cases. Among the patients is a 14-year old girl from Matayos Sub-County, who is currently on treatment. This girl, together with all the other infected patients are receiving treatment at the Alupe Hospital in Busia, which is a renowned center for infectious and parasitic diseases, developed in 1947 as a referral center for leprosy and skin diseases in East Africa.

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