Govt adopts new strategy to help leprosy patients
Last Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 18:37
  
New Delhi: Government has adopted a new strategy to encourage voluntary and early reporting of leprosy in a bid to reduce the burden of the disease in the country and also prevent disablilities caused by it.

With over 1,20,000 leprosy cases reported annually, 3900 people disabled by the disease and 12,000 children suffering from it, India is among the three countries which have reported the maximum number of leprosy cases.

"Government of India has adopted a new strategy which will encourage voluntary reporting for timely cure and prevention of disabilities caused by leprosy. We believe collaborative partnerships with international leprosy agencies and multi-sectoral coordination with other ministries are extremely important in achieving the goal of elimination of leprosy," WHO representative to India Dr Nata Menabde said.

They include implementation of innovative approaches for case finding by involvement of community-based organizations, improving quality of services for diagnosis and management till treatment completion and promoting rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy, he said at a meeting of Health Secretaries and State Program Managers of 16 states here to discuss reduction of leprosy burden in India.

The Government of India in partnership with major international leprosy agencies and WHO has developed a result-based programme for the 12th five-year plan to diagnose disabilities caused due to leprosy in early stages.

"209 districts with high number of leprosy cases will be targeted and followed up over a period of time i.e., 2011-2015. Innovative approaches like involvement of Faith-Based Organisations, Child-to-Child approach in spreading the leprosy message, and basic screening have also been included, he said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 18:37


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