As part of the National Zero Leprosy Mission, the state government will launch a leprosy detection programme across 16 districts between September 19 and October 4.
The campaign — which will stretch across 169 talukas, 88 municipal councils and 14 municipal corporations — will see the participation of Chandrapur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Nagpur, Amravati, Washim, Yavatmal, Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Thane, Raigad and Palghar.
Dedicated teams of trained professionals will visit each household in the listed districts to find out if people have been afflicted with the disease. Those who will be found to be suffering will be provided treatment.
“The report of the Mid-term Evaluation of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme indicates that the rate of detection is less than the rate of occurrence of the disease, and hence the Central Leprosy Division is conducting this campaign under NLEP,” Health Minister Deepak Sawant said while announcing the programme.
“The main objectives is to treat all detected cases so that the source of the infection becomes nil, and be alert to detect potential cases,” Sawant said.