Dr Mustapha Musa, Officer in charge of Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Unit, says Gombe State is at risk of an increase of undetected leprosy cases.
Musa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday that the alarm followed the non-replacement of some retiring technical field officers who were responsible for the detection of cases.
The expert attributed the problem to lack of support by the Netherlands Leprosy Relief Programme in the last one year.
Musa said that the office was supporting 13 states in the country, Gombe inclusive.
He noted that the support, which was previously given to them, was contributing to early detection and management.
“The Netherlands office was providing Prednisolone and Rifampicin tablets for the early treatment of leprosy to prevent deformity as well as technical support in terms of training staff who will go down to communities to detect cases.
“Our technical experts who are trained on early detection of leprosy are retiring and we are lacking funds to train those that will replace them.
“We are no longer receiving support from Netherlands, Government at all levels should wake up and provide funding for training and all the necessary things needed,’’ Musa said.