The incidence of leprosy in Turkey under a 10 thousand cases
The Ministry of Health in 2018 in the world of publicly reported at 208 thousand 619 and the new cases of leprosy showed that there are still continuing the spread of infection diseases, the incidence in Turkey was reported to be less than 1 case per 10 thousand.
In the statement made to the AA correspondent from the Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Public Health, it was stated that Lepra, popularly known as leprosy and also known as Hansen disease, is defined as a chronic infection caused by the bacteria "Mycobacterium leprae".
It was emphasized that the disease especially affects the skin, peripheral nerves, upper respiratory tract mucosa and eyes, and can affect people of all age groups from early infancy to old age.
It was stated that leprosy is a treatable disease, and early treatment can prevent deformities and disabilities caused by the disease.
It was emphasized that deformities and disabilities due to leprosy do not occur immediately, but develop as a result of a period of years in undiagnosed cases.
- "Medicines used in treatment are provided free of charge by the Ministry of Health"
In the statement, it was pointed out that the theme of World Leprosy Day for 2021 was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "Cure Leprosy, End Discrimination and Protect the Mental Well-being of the Patients".
disease in Europe today, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and noted that rarely found in southern Russia.
It was emphasized that most of the leprosy patients in the world are in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Western Pacific region, and the number of cases in the world has decreased in the last 10 years compared to the previous year. It was stated that the number of new cases reported as 258 thousand 133 in 2007 was reported as 208 thousand 619 worldwide in 2018, but new cases showed that the spread of infection is still continuing.
The disease of leprosy in Turkey, where the scope of compulsory notification of infectious diseases and still "Leprosy Eradication Program" is administered specified.
below 1 case per 10 thousand of the incidence of the disease in Turkey, a statement passed that total 518 number of patients registered leprosy, which was identified last year were recorded in the record as the number of new cases.
It was underlined that the treatment and follow-up of leprosy patients are carried out in skin and venereal diseases clinics and that the drugs used in the treatment of the disease are provided free of charge by the Ministry of Health.
Karaman Haber - Source: AA