From David Hassan, Gombe
Emirs National Council People Affected By Leprosy in Nigeria, has called on the federal government to consider their request and empower them with government programmes, which they said will help in reducing street begging and hardship faced by the affected persons.
The association made the plea at the weekend, in Gombe, during its annual prayer meeting, organised and held at a workshop for the blind and cripples at Kasuwan Mata, Gombe.
Speaking through its national president, Alhaji Bello Jibrin appealed to states government to look into their matter and assist them with monthly allowance, even as he urged government and cooperate bodies to put more effort to ensure that mass education is being facilitated to people affected with leprosy in the country.
Alhaji Jibrin also explained that the association is worried for denied its members in government programmes which according to him, we are citizens of this country and there need for us to be treated as Nigerian he said.
He advise people affected with leprosy nationwide to always attend hospitals and clinics regularly, to enable them acquire drugs, noting that frantic effort are been made by government to ensure that issue of leprosy would be eradicated in the country.
The national president also called on the participants to, as matter of urgency, enroll their children in schools so as to acquire education, stressing that leprosy is the major disease affecting citizens, especially in the North, as such, there is need for government to approve sensitization campaign to every community, in order to make the public become aware of the danger of the disease.