Arunachal Deputy CM Chowna Mein launches leprosy awareness campaign
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy CM Chowna Mein launched the Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign (SLAC) in the Namsai district of the State on the occasion of World Leprosy Day.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Monday launched the Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign (SLAC) in the Namsai district of the State on the occasion of World Leprosy Day.
He also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation, to mark the occasion of Martyr's Day.
The SLAC is being organized by the District Health Society under the theme 'Let's fight leprosy and make leprosy history'.
The campaign will continue till February 13. The objective of the campaign is to spread awareness about leprosy and create a stigma-free environment for leprosy patients and their families. The campaign will focus on creating awareness about leprosy prevention, early detection, and treatment. It will also focus on creating an understanding of the rights of leprosy-affected patients and their families.
Addressing the event, Mein highlighted the SLAC and said that it is an initiative of the Central Government to raise awareness about leprosy and create a stigma-free environment for people affected by it. "The campaign was launched with the aim of facilitating early diagnosis of cases in the remote district of Namsai", he said, and added that the campaign will help reduce the leprosy burden and foster an environment of acceptance and understanding towards people affected by the disease.
The Deputy Chief Minister urged the citizens to make a pledge on the occasion to eradicate leprosy from the society and to help those affected by leprosy via raising awareness about the disease and providing support to those affected by it.
Later in the day, Mein also inaugurated an operation theatre (OT) and a new born stabilization unit (NBSU) at the Chongkham Community Health Centre (CHC). Mein informed that the OTs and NBSU are part of the Government's effort to upgrade the healthcare facilities in the district hospitals and CHCs across the State. "It will cater to the medical needs of the common people who cannot afford to go to town and outside the district for medical treatment and minor operations", he added.