Leprosarium: learning ground to save future generation


  • Amole IO Bowen University Teaching Hospital and Bowen University Iwo
  • Adesina SA Bowen University Teaching Hospital and Bowen University Iwo
  • Adegoke AO Bowen University Iwo
  • Durodola AO Bowen University Teaching Hospital and Bowen University Iwo
  • Idowu EA Bowen University Teaching Hospital
  • Akinwumi AI Department of Public Health, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State
  • Adeleke OT Bowen University Iwo




leprosy, families, contacts, infectivity, Ogbomoso


Background: Leprosy is a neglected tropical disease that continues to be a public health problem in underdeveloped and developing countries. The fear of the spread of the infection from Persons Affected by Leprosy (PALs) to normal individuals is one of the reasons why they are usually kept in the “Leper Colonies”. Health workers and medical students are not exempted from the fear of the spread of this disease. Many of them are afraid of working among the Persons Affected by Leprosy. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of leprosy in families of patients residing at the Baptist Health Service in Ogbomoso, Oyo State Nigeria

Method: A descriptive quantitative observational study design was used and 29 Persons Affected by Leprosy (PALs) resident in the leprosarium and consented to the study were interviewed. Data on age, gender, history of disease in the family, the relationship of a leprous family member with the index patient, duration of the illness in the index patient, and time spent in the camp by the index patient were obtained using interviewer-administered structured questionnaire.  Data was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 26 and this was used to generate frequency tables.

Result: The age of the respondents ranges from 35 to 85 years and the mean age is 59.97±11.9 years. The prevalence of leprosy in families of index patients was 6.4% while 93.1% had no history of contact with leprous patients.  Also, 34.5% had been diagnosed with the disease for about 31-40 years. Less than half (48.3%) of them are living with their children in the camp and none of their children came down with the disease.

Conclusion: Treated PALs in Baptist Health Service, Ogbomoso, Nigeria did not spread the disease to the children living with them. This should encourage the Medical Schools to make use of Leper Colonies as a teaching ground for medical students.


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How to Cite

Amole, I., Adesina, S., Adegoke, A., Durodola, A., Idowu, E., Akinwumi, A., & Adeleke, O. (2024). Leprosarium: learning ground to save future generation . The Nigerian Health Journal, 24(1), 1086–1090. https://doi.org/10.60787/tnhj-24-1-773

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