Aizawl, Jan 29: Organised by State Health Department, I&PR a programme in connection with World Leprosy Eradication Day was held today at I&PR Auditorium.
Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Lal Thanzara said that there are only a few people infected with leprosy in Mizoram. This is due to early detection and timely treatment by the workers, he said.
Leprosy patients are successfully given treatment of MDT under National Leprosy Control Programme and the same has helped reduce the number of leprosy patients. In Mizoram particularly, it was way back in 2005 that less than 1 in 10,000 contracts leprosy, Health Minister said.
Meanwhile, he said that it cannot be neglected as new cases are still being found.
Highlighting the steps taken by the government for setting up of Medical College in the State, upgradation of Falkawn State Referral Hospital is on for Medical College with a plan to keep at least 250 beds as per IMC norms, Health Minister said.
He mentioned that there is a plan to transfer a number of Doctors (Specialists) to Falkawn State Referral Hospital and for recruitment of 25 Nurses.
Priority shall be given to the Referral Hospital and also equipped the same with better facilities than Aizawl Civil Hospital but without downgrading the facilities Aizawl Civil Hospital, Lal Thanzara added.
As highlighted in the World Leprosy Eradication Day programme today, 11 people were found infected with leprosy during April 2014- March 2015 which includes 6 cases of multibacillary (MB) and 5 cases of paucibacillary (PB); 8 in Lawngtlai, 2 in Lunglei, and 1 in Saiha. During April 2015 – January 2016, 4 new cases of leprosy have been found- 3 in Lawngtlai and 1 in Lunglei; 1 of multibacillary (MB) case and 3 of paucibacillary (PB) case. World Leprosy Eradication Day programme was presided over by Health Principal Director Dr.K.Ropari while State Leprosy Officer Dr.Chawngthansiami and Dermatologist Dr.Lalthlengliani gave powerpoint presentation on leprosy.