Leprosy continues to be a public health concern in PNG. Between 400-500 people throughout the country are diagnosed with leprosy annually according to the Leprosy Mission in PNG.
The Leprosy Mission through its work in PNG have come to find out that many people are ill-informed on the signs and symptoms of Leprosy hence they do not seek medical help from health facilities.
They are urging Papua New Guineans to seek medical help if they see lighter coloured skin patches on their body with loss of sensation on these patches.
The leprosy Mission have also emphasised the importance of creating awareness on leprosy in the country so people will be informed on the disease.