Efforts on to make Haryana a Leprosy Free State: Hooda

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Chandigarh, Jan 29 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said that the World Anti Leprosy Day is a day for building momentum for continued support for National Leprosy Eradication Programme so that Leprosy patients could receive quality care to cure them of the disease.

In a message issued here on the eve of World Anti Leprosy Day, Mr. Hooda said that leprosy was curable and there was a need to dispel the myths that it was inherited, result of past sins or the curse of God.

The State Government was making all out efforts to eradicate this disease from the State and make Haryana a Leprosy Free State.

He said that anti leprosy drugs were available free of cost in all the health institutions of the State. Haryana had already achieved the status of elimination of leprosy and was moving towards complete eradication. The prevalence rate of Haryana was lowest in the country except Meghalaya, Mizoram, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.

The Haryana Health Minister, Mrs. Kartar Devi in her message said that the State of Haryana had already achieved the status of elimination of leprosy and constant vigil was being kept on all the 438 cases of leprosy in the State.

The workers of Health Department along with the District Leprosy Officers visit the leper colonies of the State to distribute free medicines, supportive medicines, splint and crutches.

She said that these teams also educated the patients and their families that leprosy was a curable disease and convinced them to get treatment. The next step is to get the deformities corrected by getting the surgery done free of cost, she added.

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