Maha witnesses a surge in number of leprosy cases

To prevent leprosy in the state, leprosy detection campaign has been launched in 22 districts since last two years. Many leprosy patients have been detected and have been treated. So on the ‘World Leprosy Day’, to tackle leprosy, World Health Organization (WHO) has joined hands with the worldwide leprosy dedicated organisations


  • People from the National Leprosy Elimination Program, the education sector, and people in the medical sector have also been involved. The main objective is to bring the leprosy patients in the main stream and provide them the medical treatment.

The number of leprosy patient is going up in Maharashtra:

  • In the year 2014, 10,813 leprosy patients were detected
  • In the year 2015, 11,369 leprosy patients were detected
  • From March 2015 to March 2016, 17, 320 leprosy patients were detected

Speaking to my medical mantra, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, director, leprosy centre, South-east Asia, who said, “In the rural areas, there is no awareness regarding this disease, owing to which the citizens do not take the necessary precautions. They don’t take treatment after suffering from leprosy. The patients are treated after the leprosy detection. The number of leprosy patients in Maharashtra is high. Endless efforts are being made to curb the same.”

She added, “Ever year, two lakh leprosy patients are reported worldwide. As per the WHO, in the year 2017, the number of children suffering from leprosy was 18,472 in the country. After the diagnosis, free medication has been started with multidrug therapy. Considering the increase in the number of children affected with leprosy. We are trying to detect new leprosy patients.”