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Leprosy comes down in East Godavari: DC

Posted on Jan 31, 12:12PM | UNI

Kakinada, Jan 30 : East Godavari District Collector Neethu Kumary today said the case of Leprosy had come down drastically owing to the effective implementation of Multi drug therapy programme.

Inaugurating the Leprosy control programme coinciding with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi park here today, she said, Bapuji showed special affection towards lepers and proved to the society by his actions that no social stigma needed to be attached to them.

"There are eight to nine cases for every 10,000 population and only 109 new cases were reported last year. Multi drug therapy is the best to treat the lepers preventing deformity The disease could be cured if detected early," she added.

The Leprosy control programme advisor Dr Akshay Kumar said a programme to prevent deformity among lepers was taken up in the district as a three year pilot project which is to conclude by this year end.

Additional District Medical and Health Officer Dr M Pavan Kumar said the multi drug therapy was started during 1987 and by its effective implementation, the incidence of Leprosy was brought down from 118 cases for every 10,000 population to 0-6 cases.

There are 17 leprosy colonies in the district, where 490 lepers are residing, he said.