11 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has identified enlightenment campaign as a powerful tool that could make people have an edge over the devastating impact of lupus.
The Minister stated this at the 2021 World Lupus Day held in the nation’s capital Abuja organized by a non governmental Organization, the Arise Monalisa Foundation.
Dr Aliyu specifically called for scaling up awareness campaign in view of the complexities associated with this silent killer disease.
Aliyu, who described lupus as a common, but often overlooked disease, also lamented that the chronic autoimmune disease had affected approximately 5 million people globally.
The Minister who was represented by the Acting Executive Secretary of the FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, stressed that the disease could lead to kidney failure.
“The medical difficulties associated with diagnosing and treating a poorly understood disease has negative impact on those with lupus. This is further compounded by a low level of public awareness and the fact that most symptoms of lupus are not visible to others. Collectively, these can lead to a greater emotional burden for patients,” the minister stressed.
The Minister also cautioned against stigmatization of patients, adding that such action could lead to unnecessary social stigma for patients with lupus.
She however pledged the FCT Administration’s commitment to collaborate with any organisation or group that focuses on bringing an end to the devastating impact of lupus.