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India's Forgotten Leprosy Patients


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In 2005, India achieved it’s goal of elimination of leprosy, meaning reducing the number of cases to less than 1/10,000 of population.
Maharashtra was one of the 7 states to be the first to achieve this goal. However, new cases continue to come in light. And several cases, as this video shows, go unregistered.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae which mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves, upper respiratory tract and the eyes. It is curable and treatment provided in the early stages averts disability.
Currently India has a special plan to tackle leprosy called National Leprosy Eradication Programme, NLEP. Under NLEP all leprosy patients are entitled to free healthcare facilities including Multi Drug Therapy.
Apart from that state government of Maharashtra also has several special facilities for the leprosy patients.
The state has 42 Leprosy Control units spread all across the state where leprosy patients can get free treatment. Apart from that, they can avail several other benefits which include;
35 kg of rice and wheat at Rs. 2 and Rs. 3 respectively every month.
Housing facility under schemes like Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana,
Priority employments to leprosy affected persons and their dependants
Leprosy affected people are also entitled to travel concessions
However, Rohini Power reports, there are about 25 people in a single village like Walhe who neither gets benefits of any government scheme, nor help from any other sources. Every 6 months they get a paltry Rs 300 (approx 7 US dollar) which is hardly of any help. According to Rohini, the fact that leprosy patients are avoided by villagers and are forced to stay away only increases their sufferings, making them castaways and isolated from the community.
In 2005, India achieved it’s goal of elimination of leprosy, meaning reducing the number of cases to less than 1/10,000 of population.
Maharashtra was one of the 7 states to be the first to achieve this goal. However, new cases continue to come in light. And several cases, as this video shows, go unregistered.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae which mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves, upper respiratory tract and the eyes. It is curable and treatment provided in the early stages averts disability.
Currently India has a special plan to tackle leprosy called National Leprosy Eradication Programme, NLEP. Under NLEP all leprosy patients are entitled to free healthcare facilities including Multi Drug Therapy.
Apart from that state government of Maharashtra also has several special facilities for the leprosy patients.
The state has 42 Leprosy Control units spread all across the state where leprosy patients can get free treatment. Apart from that, they can avail several other benefits which include;
35 kg of rice and wheat at Rs. 2 and Rs. 3 respectively every month.
Housing facility under schemes like Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana,
Priority employments to leprosy affected persons and their dependants
Leprosy affected people are also entitled to travel concessions
However, Rohini Power reports, there are about 25 people in a single village like Walhe who neither gets benefits of any government scheme, nor help from any other sources. Every 6 months they get a paltry Rs 300 (approx 7 US dollar) which is hardly of any help. According to Rohini, the fact that leprosy patients are avoided by villagers and are forced to stay away only increases their sufferings, making them castaways and isolated from the community.
In 2005, India achieved it’s goal of elimination of leprosy, meaning reducing the number of cases to less than 1/10,000 of population.
Maharashtra was one of the 7 states to be the first to achieve this goal. However, new cases continue to come in light. And several cases, as this video shows, go unregistered.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae which mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves, upper respiratory tract and the eyes. It is curable and treatment provided in the early stages averts disability.
Currently India has a special plan to tackle leprosy called National Leprosy Eradication Programme, NLEP. Under NLEP all leprosy patients are entitled to free healthcare facilities including Multi Drug Therapy.
Apart from that state government of Maharashtra also has several special facilities for the leprosy patients.
The state has 42 Leprosy Control units spread all across the state where leprosy patients can get free treatment. Apart from that, they can avail several other benefits which include;
35 kg of rice and wheat at Rs. 2 and Rs. 3 respectively every month.
Housing facility under schemes like Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana,
Priority employments to leprosy affected persons and their dependants
Leprosy affected people are also entitled to travel concessions
However, Rohini Power reports, there are about 25 people in a single village like Walhe who neither gets benefits of any government scheme, nor help from any other sources. Every 6 months they get a paltry Rs 300 (approx 7 US dollar) which is hardly of any help. According to Rohini, the fact that leprosy patients are avoided by villagers and are forced to stay away only increases their sufferings, making them castaways and isolated from the community.
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