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Laguna Chest Center celebrates Leprosy Week

Laguna Provincial Chest Center


 

The Laguna Provincial Chest Center (LPCC), together with the Department of Health (DOH) Region IVA Office, celebrated Leprosy Week participated in by previous leprosy patients who were joined by their relatives starting March 21, 2018. The activity is in line with the DOH’s National Leprosy Control Program (NLCP).

 

The aim of the event was to reassess patients from five years back to monitor if the disease recurred, and give LPCC the opportunity to evaluate the patients’ close contacts (relatives). Another objective was to give the patients free laboratory examinations, optical and medical consultation with free medicines and ointments.

 

It has been a challenge for health providers to treat leprosy in its early stages because of the stigma attached to the illness. Individuals who are afflicted most of the times hide themselves, afraid of being judged by other people. When they finally seek medical help, the bacteria has already spread all over their bodies.

 

Additionally, some patients who acquire the illness are misdiagnosed by some health providers because the disease is mimicked by other skin diseases like tinea versicolor or an-an, lupus, psoriasis, to name a few. By the time they come realize that it is leprosy, it is already on the advanced stage and most probably infecting other people they come in close contact with.

 

Leprosy is an ancient disease that we are still battling today. Though statistics show a decline, the main goal of the NLCP is to eliminate the disease, and to maintain and sustain the elimination status in the coming years.