HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEPROSY CONTROL IN NIGERIA
PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
Keywords:Leprosy, medical perception, social perception, self-perception
The word ‘Leprosy’ was derived from a Greek word ‘Lepros’ which means scaly (Ezekpeazu, 2000). Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH, 2004) defined leprosy as a chronic, infectious disease that mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves and mucous membrane of upper respiratory tract caused by Mycobacterium leprae.