Leprosy disease is no longer an issue for the Solomon Islands, an Advocacy Facilitator for Leprosy disease within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says.
Speaking during a health consultation meeting this week, Oliver Merpirla said Solomon Islands was taken off the red list since 1995.
“Solomon Islands was listed as a leprosy free country since 1995, after they have achieve the global scale of 0.9 per 10000 in leprosy cases.”
He said at the moment, Solomon Islands continue to put leprosy under control with a scale of 0.7 per 10,000 persons.
“It is a positive indication – an indication that we have successfully removed leprosy.”
However, Merpirla said their department in MHMS will continue to monitor the disease.
By AATAI JOHN