Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHinterland health workers trained to detect leprosy casesSeptember 8, 2016In “Health”Worrying that leprosy in children has doubled since last year- Health MinisterJanuary 26, 2019In “Health”UG to offer diploma, bachelor’s degree & masters in psychologyNovember 7, 2017In “Health” Guyana yesterday joined the rest of the world in observing World Leprosy Day. To raise awareness, a talk to formally launch a month of activities was held at the Palms Geriatric Home on Brickdam.Delivering the feature address at the launch was Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings who noted that the stigma attached to the disease forces infected persons to isolate themselves and not seek the available medical treatment which is free of cost in Guyana. “We must be responsible citizens and do whatever we can to reduce the stigma and discrimination associate with Leprosy” Minister Cummings stated.Dr. Karen Cummings addressing stakeholders at yesterday’s launching ceremony of World Leprosy Day at the Palms Geriatric Home in GeorgetownSeveral trainees were coached in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with leprosy. Also, the Minister noted that the Ministry of Public Health was for the first time able to visit Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine to follow up, monitor and evaluate the competence of the trainees who were dealing with Leprosy.Minister Cummings stated that “the Ministry of Public Health through its infectious disease programme, will continue to work tirelessly to improve and ensure the reduction of the prevalence of leprosy in Guyana through coordinated efforts of health promotions, surveillance and prompt access to treatment”.PAHO/WHO representative Dr. William Adu-Krow at the launching ceremony of World Leprosy Day at the Palms Geriatric HomeMinister Cummings also stressed that there is a great need for peer counselors within the leprosy programme at the Ministry. The minister pointed out that currently, measures are being put in place to recruit peer counselors. This is being done through a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Social Protection. “Peer counselors we believe will provide essential assistance in the area of patient follow-up to ensure patients remain on treatment and do not become defaulters”, the Minister explained.Country Representative from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Dr. William Adu-Krow said his organization is pleased to have supported the Ministry of Public Health last year on their Leprosy Control Programme.  “This year 2017, we are committed to continue our support to the Ministry of Public Health in its efforts towards achieving the ultimate goal of Leprosy elimination at the National Level in Guyana,” he said.Leprosy control has improved significantly throughout the world due to national and sub-national campaigns in endemic countries. Integration of basic leprosy services and inter-general health services has made diagnosis and treatment of the disease more accessible.According to a GINA report,  in 2002 leprosy was thought to have been eliminated. This was due to the disease detection being fewer than 1 per 10,000 population. In 2014, none of the endemic 122 countries had recorded more than 1 per 10,000 population. However, in 2016, Guyana diagnosed/recorded 52 new cases with Region Two being deemed the most affected region.The Ministry of Public Health throughout the Month of February will be conducting a number of awareness exercises throughout the country. The exercises include visits and educational talks to  both primary and secondary schools of which 10 schools on the East Bank will be targeted. There will also be an awareness booth set up at the Giftland Mall Turkeyen on February 18 and 19, followed by a health walk on Brickdam on February 25.Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs. The disease has been around since ancient times, often surrounded by terrifying, negative stigmas and tales of leprosy patients being shunned as outcasts. However, the disease is completely curable. Persons with the disease are urged to seek early treatment as this can prevent disfiguring disability related to the advanced stages of Leprosy. read more

← Previous Story Iceland takes the win, after a tight affair in Herning Next Story → Main Round (Aarhus): Poland VS Sweden – match of the Day Monday’s last match saw hosts Denmark against Hungary in front of jam-packed audience. Danish coach Ulrik Wilbek was confident before the match. He said ‘Hungary are a good team but they won’t have a real chance of winning’, while Hungary’s coach Mocsai  thought his team’s physical condition had reached a stalemate.Shy Hungary had no answer for fast and effective Danish attacks in the first minutes of the match  (4-1). By the 10th minute however they managed to get back into the match (5-4). Hungary’s wall was working well, goalkeeper Tatai produced some great saves and Ancsin slowly made everyone forget about László Nagy’s absence. His third goal meant that Hungary were one goal up (6-7)! Neither teams were able to obtain significant lead after 20 minutes (10-10). Hungarians succeeded in stopping Mikkel Hansen, who only scored twice yet by the end of the first half the Danes quickly widened the gap thanks to incredible Landin and Christiansen and effictive pivot play. Hungary’s defense seemed to work more or less well but they also should have been more accurate in attack.The second half started better for the hosts and it seemed the fate of the match would quickly be decided thanks to Mikkel Hansen who rapidly scored several times (18-13). They held on to their lead until the middle of the second half (23-18). Both coaches substituted frequently as they tried to preserve their players for the last matches of the EC. The final minutes brought moderate pace, a few minutes before the end Hungary came within 3 goals but Iváncsik missed the penalty while the Danes scored twice and won the match by four goals (28-24).Group winners Denmark can now start preparing for a match of no stakes against Iceland, while Hungary meet Austria on Wednesday.Denmark-Hungary 28-24 (14-11)Best scorers: Mogensen, Mikkel Hansen (5) / Iváncsik (6), Ancsin (4)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter Butty Denmarkeuro 2014 denmarkeuro 2014 handball read more