A consultant physician and dermatologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Dr. Folakemi Cole-Adeife, says many survivors of Noma disease will require plastic and maxillo-facial surgery to enable them to regain the functions of their mouth and jaw.

Cole-Adeife states that though the exact cause of the disease is not fully understood, it is known to mainly affect malnourished children living in poor communities with a high burden of other illnesses such as malaria, measles, tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

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