Maharashtra government initiates awareness programmes for Leprosy

Earlier in 2005, the government decided to end the active screening programme concerning leprosy

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After the number of Leprosy patients increased to thousands in Maharashtra, the state government on Wednesday initiated awareness programme regarding the disease in the wake of World Leprosy Day. An individual suffering from Leprosy develops body deformity.

Maharashtra Health Minister Eknath Shinde said that in order to increase awareness about the disease, whose patients are almost a thousand, the district authorities have been instructed to organise quiz competitions, street plays, and health camps. 

The statistics put forward by Maharashtra public health department informed that 1,624 Leprosy cases were discovered among children till March 2018. Of the 7.5 million people examined in 2018, 12,415 Leprosy cases were diagnosed through door-to-door campaigns. 

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The Leprosy cases are highest in Palghar, Raigad, Nasik and Thane districts. In 2018, more than 500 people were diagnosed with Leprosy in Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Nandurbar, Palghar, Dhule, Raigarh, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Nashik and Amravati districts.

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