By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Last Tuesday in Managua, the first national forum on Leprosy or Hansen’s disease met to share strategies in prevention, diagnosis and timely treatment, to reduce cases, and discrimination against people with this disease, according to the Ministry of Health.


“We have managed to have a downward trend and we are meeting the goal of elimination, as a public health disease … we have maintained vigilance, we are providing complete and free treatment,” said Dr. Norlan Nicaragua, director of Disease Prevention , of the MINSA.

Dr. Carlos Saldaña, a dermatologist, explained that this disease “has been seen over the years and not only in our country, so we are training on new treatments and the follow-up that is given to the patient, as well as to the family. Leprosy is a curable disease and the affected person does not have to be discriminated against ”.

For her part, Dr. Dollyta Goinhat, a dermatologist, recommended that the general population go to the Health unit early to have the necessary tests performed. “Once we detect a spot, it is best to go to your dermatologist.”

Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, also known as Hansen’s bacillus, it is curable and patients are diagnosed at the National Center for Dermatology.