Historical Perspectives on Leprosy Control in Nigeria

Problems and Prospects

  • Tochukwu Okeke University of Abuja, Nigeria
  • Ignatius Uche Nwankwo, Ph.D Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Keywords: leprosy, social stigma


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

Author Biographies

Tochukwu Okeke, University of Abuja, Nigeria

Department of History

Ignatius Uche Nwankwo, Ph.D, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

Department of Sociology/Anthropology