JCI Lagos city on 29th January, 2017, joined other Local Organisations in JCI Nigeria to commemorate World Leprosy Day.
It will be recalled that JCI Nigeria in partnership with NIPPON Foundation Japan embarked on a massive campaign to eradicate Leprosy related stigma. The Director of Projects, JCI Lagos City, Mr Dare Aganga led a participatory discourse on the JCI Nigeria campaign “Jaycees Efforts to Eradicate Leprosy Related Stigma JEELS.
He stated that leprosy is a ailment that has been around even in biblical days with its associated stigmatization. He stated that with advancement in medical research, leprosy is now a curable disease and can be detected early.
He informed the gathering that Leprosy is caused by a germ, not hereditary, curable and transmitted from one person to another by a patient that is not on treatment. A patient who is on treatment is no longer a danger to society. Even though the rate of infection in Nigeria has dropped considerably, compared to India, treatment is available in all the Local Government Areas in the Country.
There is a need for society to show love and care to people affected by the ailment, just like any other illness and it is insensitive to call them lepers, they are patients.
Members and guests of JCI Lagos City resolved to advance the campaign against stigmatization.
You can download JCI Lagos City January Newsletter here