Leprosy Is Making A Comeback In India, But The Govt Wants to Deny It -Ramesh Menon
Under pressure to eliminate leprosy, the government is unwilling to record new cases. Social stigma and failure to detect cases early are hurdles in eradicating the disease.
New Delhi: Leprosy is back in India. Health officials and activists celebrated 13 years ago when India announced that leprosy had been eliminated as a public health concern. Alarm bells rang as the Central Leprosy Division of the health ministry reported that 135,485 new leprosy cases were detected in India in 2017. That meant every four minutes somebody was diagnosed with leprosy in India. This is nowhere close to elimination.
India will eliminate leprosy by 2018, finance minister Arun Jaitley told parliament in a budget speech on February 1, 2017, in an admission that the disease abounds. Activists working in the field say the target is impossible to achieve.
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