INDIAN NEWS & TIMES

Monday, February 19, 2018

To mark thstock-vector-world-leprosy-day-vector-illustration-544172041e World Leprosy Day, which is on 28thJanuary 2018 Association of Hospitals (AOH) continues with their commitment to raise awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. The need of the patient is to gain timely and authentic information on correct symptoms, treatment and care tips. AOH earnestly appeals to patients with relevant complaints to get prompt check-ups to ensure a healthy life and understand Leprosy symptoms, this World Leprosy Day

Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, harming skin sores and nerve damage in the arms, legs, and skin areas around the body. According to the WHO, Leprosy currently affects approximately a quarter of a million people throughout the world, with majority of these cases being reported from India.

Dr. PM Bhujang, President, Association of Hospital while suggesting measures said, “Leprosy is curable with a combination of drugs and early treatment averts most disabilities. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes. Leprosy is known to occur at all ages ranging from early infancy to very old age. We should remember that leprosy is a long-term infection which can be controlled well through treatment. This World Leprosy Day, we urge people undergo functional test for skin and eye, as it helps in early detection of the symptoms.”

“There are several forms of treatment for Leprosy is available. The patients should consult their doctors immediately to get the best possible treatment” he further added.

1.2 to 1.3 hundred thousand new cases of leprosy is reported every year of which 58% of the total amount of new cases is reported in India. Since children are most susceptible to leprosy, they face worse discrimination and ostracisation from childhood, including the denial of basic rights and medical care. India is currently running one of the largest leprosy eradication programs in the world, the National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP).