New Delhi: Government has adopted a newstrategy to encourage voluntary and early reporting of leprosyin a bid to reduce the burden of the disease in the countryand also prevent disablilities caused by it. With over 1,20,000 leprosy cases reported annually, 3900people disabled by the disease and 12,000 children sufferingfrom it, India is among the three countries which havereported the maximum number of leprosy cases. "Government of India has adopted a new strategy whichwill encourage voluntary reporting for timely cure andprevention of disabilities caused by leprosy. We believecollaborative partnerships with international leprosy agenciesand multi-sectoral coordination with other ministries areextremely important in achieving the goal of elimination ofleprosy," WHO representative to India Dr Nata Menabde said. They include implementation of innovative approaches forcase finding by involvement of community-based organizations,improving quality of services for diagnosis and managementtill treatment completion and promoting rehabilitation ofpeople affected by leprosy, he said at a meeting of HealthSecretaries and State Program Managers of 16 states here todiscuss reduction of leprosy burden in India.
"209 districts with high number of leprosy cases willbe targeted and followed up over a period of time i.e.,2011-2015. Innovative approaches like involvement ofFaith-Based Organisations, Child-to-Child approach inspreading the leprosy message, and basic screening have alsobeen included, he said. PTI
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