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Haryana achieves ’Elimination of Leprosy’ status

Haryana has achieved the “Elimination of Leprosy” status, signifying the incidence of this affliction to be less than one per 10,000 persons in the state.Stating this today, Principal Secretary (Health) of the state Anuradha Gupta said this benchmark has been fixed by the Union Health Minister for granting this status to any state or Union Territory.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2009 14:05 IST

Haryana has achieved the “Elimination of Leprosy” status, signifying the incidence of this affliction to be less than one per 10,000 persons in the state.

Stating this today, Principal Secretary (Health) of the state Anuradha Gupta said this benchmark has been fixed by the Union Health Minister for granting this status to any state or Union Territory.

The prevalence rate in Haryana was 0.18 per 10,000 population on March 31, the second lowest in the country after Meghalaya and Daman and Diu.

At the close of last fiscal, there were 456 people undergoing treatment for leprosy in the state.
According to Gupta, workers of the health department along with deputy chief medical officers (Leprosy) have been visiting all the 19 leprosy-hit colonies.

These include five authorised colonies in Ambala city, Faridabad, Jagadhari, Karnal and Rohtak and 14 self-settled colonies in Ambala, Hisar, Yamuna Nagar, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Gurgaon, Sirsa, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Hisar and Sonepat.