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5,360 new leprosy cases detected in Madhya Pradesh

Around 5,360 new leprosy patients have been detected in MP in the last one year, while 6,082 patients are undergoing treatment, said health officials. The prevaling rate in the state has come below 1 in 10,000, and now it stands at 0.79 for 10,000 people.

bhopal Updated: Jan 31, 2015 21:24 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
A-leprosy-patient-being-treated-in-Bhopal-HT-photo
A-leprosy-patient-being-treated-in-Bhopal-HT-photo

Around 5,360 new leprosy patients have been detected in Madhya Pradesh in the last one year, while 6,082 patients are undergoing treatment, said health officials on Friday.

State leprosy officer in the directorate of health services Dr Mohan Singh said because of the efforts of the health officials, every year new cases were being detected and their treatment started. "And, the good news is that prevaling rate in the state has come below 1 in 10,000, and now it stands at 0.79 for 10,000 people," he said.

Dr Singh said detection of new cases and treatment parallel the detection of new cases.

According to the deputy director of health (leprosy) Dr Anil Kumar, around 6,082 leprosy patients are under treatment across the state. "Since April 2014 till now, around 4,429 leprosy patients have been relieved after treatment and reconstructive surgery has been conducted in case of 161 patients," he said.

Dr Kumar said all possible efforts were being made to eradicate leprosy under the NLEP.