Two cases of leprosy disease have been discovered in Sabo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The discovery was made by Life Renewal Healthcare and Empowerment Foundation (LIRECAF).
President of LIRECAF, Alhaja Jemila Aliyu, who disclosed this in Ibadan on Wednesday, said the leprosy cases were recorded after testing 101 residents of the community for skin infections.
According to Aliyu, four cases of other skin diseases were discovered during the free test, adding that the tests were carried out in a bid to ensure better living standard in Oyo State.
She explained that the team conducted test for early detection of leprosy, also known as Hansien Disease, a bacterium infection, caused by slow growing mycobacterium known as mycobacterium Laprae, which affects the nerves, skin, eyes, ears and the lining of the nose (nasal mucosa).
She added that other symptoms are growth (nodules) on the skin, thick stiff or dry skin and painless swelling or lumps on the face or earlobes.
Aliyu noted that with early diagnosis and treatment, the ailment could be cured, stressing that the symptoms of the disease include discoloured patches of the skin.
She allayed the fear of the people by saying that leprosy disease could not spread by touching, stressing that the route of transmission is through droplets of an infected person via sneezing or coughing.
The LIRECAD president further stated that the discovered cases had been handed over to the Ibadan North Local Government Tuberculosis and Leprosy Supervisor, who was at the testing venue.
She said that anyone diagnosed with leprosy disease would be attended to by the Supervisor.
Aliyu revealed that the aim of the foundation was to promote public health by providing intervention that would lead to prevention, control and elimination of wash related diseases, caused by unclean water sources and open defecation in urban and rural communities.
She said that the foundation was positioned to launch a campaign against neglected tropical diseases, communicable diseases that affect the poor such as lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis); leprosy; soil transmitted helminthiasis and guinea worm disease.
The foundation is working in conjunction with the Damien Foundation in Belgium.
Highlight of the programme include visitation and advocacy talk, as well as leprosy disease testing which started at the residence of Alhaji Alli Zungeru, Seriki Sabo of Ibadan.