One case of leprosy confirmed in Barbados, residents told not to panic
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Health officials in Barbados have assured the public that there is no need to panic following the confirmation of a case of leprosy on the island.
Speaking with Barbados Today, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Arthur Phillips said the case is being treated.
“Right now, we have one case that is being treated, and they are coming to the end of their treatment, and they have another month or two to go,” Dr Phillips said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the last reported case of leprosy in Barbados was in 2022.
The announcement that one leprosy patient was being treated came in response to a request by Barbados TODAY to outline the country’s status concerning the disease after St Lucia reported 11 new cases of the debilitating illness, representing a 120 per cent increase from 2020 to 2023.
Health authorities in Barbados have already drafted a national plan for the elimination of leprosy from the island.
The rare disfiguring disease that was once the scourge of life in Barbados 100 years ago, required sufferers to be isolated in a purpose-built leper colony.