Hope Door Global Initiative, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), has stressed the need for the government to collaborate with well-meaning Nigerians and relevant agencies to eradicate leprosy in the country.
Mrs Iby Ikotidem, Founder of the organisation, made the call in Abuja on Thursday at a Charity Dinner to celebrate the identified lepers.
Ikotidem said it was the responsibility of every Nigerian to cater for the needy thereby helping them to come out of the shame and stigma attributed to them in the society.
Our major initiative is the leprosy project. We try to bring awareness concerning leprosy as many people don’t know this and also to erase the myth concerning leprosy.
“We try to share the plight of the abandoned people living with leprosy. We are here today to give them a spotlight to let them know that having leprosy is not the end of their lives.
“We advocate concerning different issues for them. I have taken the campaign to cater for leprosy in Akwa Ibom and Borno states. We work on their deformity by trying to make sure they have specially made shoes.
” We have also renovated a building that houses 40 of the leprosy people to make life comfortable for them. Our main aim is to be able to make sure people suffering from leprosy comes out of it.
“We are trying to find a way to collaborate with the government and individuals to pull the people and their children out of stigma and give them a new life,” he said.
Ikotidem also said that the initiative had also put back about 35 children in school as well as providing them with educational materials to give them a facelift.
She, therefore, said that the foundation would im 2020 initiate a farming project, aimed at helping the lepers to be self sustained.
The founder also called on the government to come in by providing medications and as medical facilities for the benefit of this group of people. .
Edited by: Felix Ajide