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KOHIMA, Feb 28: In view of “Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign” from 30th January to 13th February 2017, a brief function was organised to observe Anti-Leprosy Day on 28th February 2017 in DC’s office chamber, Kohima.
During the observance the Deputy Commission Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan IAS stated that Leprosy is still a problem in our district/country. Leprosy is a common disease caused by bacteria called Lepra bacilli which is not contagious and treatment is freely available at all government hospitals and health facilities. The DC stated that if leprosy is identified and diagnosed early then it is completely curable and physical disfigurement can be prevented. The duration of treatment is either six or 12 months.
The early signs and symptoms of leprosy include hypo-pigmented skin, one or more than one patch on the skin with loss of sensation, painless, pale and dry, loss of eye-lashes, nodules over ear and ear pinna, and face having oily skin, hand and feet having dryness, loss of sensation, and muscle wasting.
He stated that MDT is sure cure for leprosy and appealed not to discriminate the person affected by leprosy.
The 30th January is observed as anti leprosy day, the day Mahatma Gandhi passed away in 1948, who is known for his love and service towards persons suffering from leprosy. Gandhiji kept the leprosy patients in his ashram and cleaned their wounds with his own hands. He proved to the world that leprosy does not spread by touching.
Leprosy is a disease caused by bacteria. It is very easy to recognize the signs and symptoms of this disease. There are patches on the skin; person with such problems should be sent to the nearest health facility for diagnosis and treatment. Health facilities provide diagnosis and treatment free of cost. Timely treatment cures the disease and prevents deformities. Any patches on the body should not be neglected and person should go to the hospital for diagnosis.