December 09, 2019 6:09 pm
While leprosy is curable and early treatment checks disabilities, the stigma associated with the disease continues to run deep. In 2017, there were 2.1 lakh new leprosy cases registered globally — India accounted for over half of them, according to the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP).
September 05, 2019 8:48 am
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves, but has a wide range of clinical manifestations.
August 22, 2019 12:31 am
“It will be a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation on his 150th Birth Anniversary if we can expedite the process and introduction of the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy (EDPAL) Bill, which was drafted by the Law Commission of India and annexed in its 256th Report,” Vardhan wrote in his letter.
July 27, 2019 10:11 am
Although the last patient suffering from leprosy died almost two decades ago, residents of this former leprosy colony in Upper Assam still suffer the disease's lingering stigma
July 16, 2019 10:05 pm
While briefing the media, Joshi said that the prime minister told the parliamentarians that they should take up a social cause or an issue of human sensitivity as a "mission" apart from carrying out their duties as members of Parliament.
July 09, 2019 5:18 pm
More than 12,000 leprosy patients were kept in 14 isolated sanatoriums across the country, and many were also forcibly sterilized. Many remained at the sanatoriums even after the termination of the segregation policy in 1996, fearing discrimination and with ties to their families severed.
February 24, 2019 9:18 am
As much as 64.8 per cent of leprosy affected people in the state are from the Scheduled Tribes. The figure had gone up from 63.91 per cent in 2015-16, and is way higher than the national average of 18.8 percent in 2016-17 and 18.79 per cent in 2015-16.
January 30, 2019 6:22 pm
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), Grade 1 disability among new leprosy cases relate to eye problems, where vision is not severely affected and a person is able to count fingers from a distance of six metres.
January 29, 2019 7:12 am
Health dept says aggressive campaign led to more cases; experts blame poor living conditions
January 29, 2019 9:03 am
India accounts for 60% of new cases detected in 2017 — 1.26 lakh out of 2.10 lakh. The country’s numbers have consistently been more than half the world figures since 2008.