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231 leprosy cases identified in Salem

Collector V. Sampath distributes anti-leprosy awareness pamphlets in Salem. —Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Collector V. Sampath distributes anti-leprosy awareness pamphlets in Salem. —Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan  

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As many as 231 new leprosy cases have been identified in the district from April to December 2015 and treatment is being provided to them. This was disclosed during the National Anti-Leprosy Day observation here on Monday.

As part of the observation, Collector flagged off an awareness rally at the Collectorate in which over 750 students, volunteers and medical staff participated.

Participants carried placards that said that leprosy could be diagnosed with common symptoms such as pale, patch spots on face, hands and feet and asked the affected people to approach the government hospitals immediately.

Officials said that leprosy, if left untreated, could lead to numbness in hands and treatment is essential. Participants also highlighted the importance of getting medical attention at the preliminary stage so that leprosy could be treated properly. The rally passed through Tiruvalluvar Statue, Old Corporation office, Government Hospital and culminated at Nattamai Kazhagam building. Pamphlets were also distributed to the people. At the end of the rally, Collector garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the premises.

A.K. Kumudha, Deputy Director of Health Services (Leprosy), said that the number of leprosy patients for every 10,000 population in the district stands at 0.59 per cent.

During the period from April, 2011 to December, 2015, 1,031 patients were identified, including 309 women and 107 children.

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