Mail News Service
Saraikela: January 30 is observed as Anti Leprosy Day coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. It was Gandhiji who wanted an India free of the disease. He worked among the lepers and served them and urged worker towards ending the misconcepts about the people stricken by the disease.
Civil Surgeon Dr Amarendra Nath Dey presided a meeting at the Sadar Hospital today to commence a Leprosy Awareness Campaign Fortnight. Leprosy patients were presented slippers on the occasion.
In his address, Dr Dey stated, “Everyone has to work together to eradicate leprosy from the district. Leprosy is an ordinary disease and is not contagious. This disease is absolutely curable by multidrug therapy. If the disease is detected early and treatment commences immediately, physical distortions can be avoided. Government hospitals and health centres are equipped with facilities for checkup and treatment of leprosy.”
While explaining the symptoms of the disease, the Civil Surgeon stated elaborately, “If there is any swelling on the face or on the body or on the tip of the years, if spots, oily in nature appear on the skin, if there is a feeling of numbness in the hands and feet and weakness, then one should immediately get a checkup for leprosy. Multidrug therapy makes this disease curable. Checkup and treatment are provided free of cost at all government hospitals and health centres.”
The District Leprosy Department officer Dr Jujhar Majhi informed that presently, in the district 337 adults and 35 children were undergoing treatment for the disease. The maximum number of leprosy patients in the district was in Saraikela (67) and Rajnagar Block (82).
Dr Majhi said that if a person had any patches, spots or any other symptoms of the disease then he or she should immediately seek the help of ASHA or Anganwadi workers or health official for checkup.
Deputy Superintendent of Sadar Hospital B Bardi said that Anti Leprosy Day was celebrated on January 30 to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi’s Death Anniversary as the Father of The Nation raised his voice for wiping out leprosy from the country. “He worked and served among the lepers to help them and to repel the myth that leprosy was contagious,” Dr Bardi observed.