We are committed to Tackle Noma Disease Says Federal Government

We are committed to Tackle Noma Disease Says Federal Government
The federal government has reiterated its commitment to tackling Noma disease and has given hope to children born with the disease in the country. Noma is a gangrenous and disfiguring infection that eats away the facial tissue leading to pain, discomfort and discrimination. Despite being preventable and treatable, a large number of noma patients die due of low awareness and lack of access to healthcare. The permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, at the second edition of the National Noma day in Abuja on Monday stressed the government’s readiness towards tackling Noma in the country. Mr. Abdullahi, while urging state governments to implement new ways of reducing the disease, said the federal government is also intensifying efforts to eradicating Noma disease in rural communities. He said the government is also engaging in more awareness and sensitization campaign that will educate the citizens.
He said, “Good nutrition both in terms of quality and quantity, helps in curtailing the disease. Poor nutrition and bad eating habits are risk factors of the disease. Treatment of bleeding of gums will also curtail the sickness. We will collaborate with West Africa Health organization (WAHO) in ensuring that the risk of developing the disease is reduced drastically.” The WHO officer in charge of Nigeria, who was represented by Rex Mpawanzage, noted that the agency’s strategy is based on early detection and immediate care and treatment of patients. The Nigeria Head of Mission Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland, Phillip Aruna, also reiterated the need to improve on surveillance of the disease at the community level. The poor; hence we need collaborative efforts by all stakeholders to reduce the burden. It normally affects children within the age range of two to six years,” Mr Aruna said.

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