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Friday, January 21, 2005 - The Leprosy Control Unit of the Ministry of Health is preparing to host what it believes will be a successful health fair this year. The annual exhibition will take place on Saturday January 29th at the Castries City Hall, and forms part of activities in observance of World Leprosy Day on Sunday, January 30th.

Consultant Dermatologist and Program Manager for the Leprosy Control Unit, Dr. Merlina Joseph, said the health fair would educate the public on the various signs of leprosy and how the disease can be detected. She said the health fair would also provide an opportunity for persons to expand their knowledge on the various aspects of health, such as diabetes and hypertension.

“We are also going to focus on preventive health care in terms of proper nutrition and proper exercising. It is really important that the St. Lucian public is aware of skin diseases, because we do not pay attention to our skin unless we have something like skin cancer, but there are also other minor illnesses like Eczema, what we commonly know as Lotta, which is a fungal disease, acne and other diseases of the skin, which can actually be an indicator of internal problems. We do want the public to come out and know about these things, especially Leprosy, because we seem to have forgotten leprosy and we still have leprosy in St. Lucia in very high numbers”, Dr. Joseph said.

The health fair will run from 10:00am to 2:30pm at the Castries City Hall.


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