Pune: Civic body to find hidden leprosy cases through a special awareness drive

In order to make Pune leprosy free a special meeting was held in the Pune Municipal Corporation today. A special drive to detect hidden cases and to increase awareness among people will be launched in the month of September in Pune

Man with leprosy
Leprosy awareness is crucial for early detection

Whereas, from July 15 to September 15, employees working under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram will visit government schools in Pune and will examine kids for leprosy. Hidden childhood cases of leprosy will be then treated at government hospitals.

Private practitioners have been advised to refer cases of leprosy if they find any to government hospitals or to treat them at their facility. Also, from September 13 to September 27, the special drive will be made to find out hidden cases.

Dr Sanjay Jathar, additional district health officer of Pune Zilla Parishad, said, “We want to make Pune leprosy free. On 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi there are national level programs made. We are making programs at district level.”

  • Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae.
  • leprae multiplies slowly and the incubation period of the disease, on average is five years.
  • The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, and also the eyes.
  • Leprosy is curable with multidrug therapy (MDT).
  • Leprosy is likely transmitted via droplets, from the nose and mouth, during close and frequent contacts with untreated cases.