MoHFW launches biggest Leprosy Case Detection Campaign

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Updated: September 06, 2016 5:54 PM

The fortnight-long campaign will cover 1656 blocks/urban areas of these districts and screen a total of 32 crore people for leprosy

The fortnight-long campaign will cover 1656 blocks/urban areas of these districts and screen a total of 32 crore people for leprosy

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has launched the biggest Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC) in the country across 149 districts of 19 states/UTs. The states and union territories covered in this campaign are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Delhi and Lakshadweep.

For this purpose, 297604 teams consisting of one lady ASHA worker and one male volunteer each would visit every house in their allotted area and screen all the family members for leprosy. The fortnight – long campaign will cover 1656 blocks/ urban areas of these districts and screen a total of 32 crore people for leprosy.

According to the ministry release, “The objective of the campaign is early detection of leprosy in affected persons so that they can be saved from physical disability and deformity by providing them timely treatment and thus halt the transmission of disease at the community level.”

The districts having a prevalence rate of more than one case per 10,000 population in any of the last three years have been included in this campaign.

The first LCDC was launched during March-April 2016 in 50 districts of seven states viz Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh wherein a population of about 6.8 crores was covered. During this campaign 65427 suspected cases were identified out of which 4120 were later confirmed.

EH News Bureau

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