Shillong: Meghalaya Minister for Health and Family Welfare, AL Hek has called citizens of the state to be ambassadors of the leprosy case detection so that the objectives of the campaign are achieved.
Stating that two week is too short a period for health workers to reach out to each and everyone, Hek stressed on the need for cooperation from the society, at all levels, so that leprosy can be eradicated from the State.
Hek was speaking as the chief guest at the launch of the Leprosy Case Detection Campaign for East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi District on Tuesday at the premises of Civil Hospital, Shillong.
The programme was organized by the National Leprosy Eradication Programme, Meghalaya.
The Leprosy Case Detection campaign is a unique initiative under the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP).
The objective of the Campaign is the early detection and generating awareness about leprosy so that the person affected can be saved from physical disability and deformity by providing timely treatment and thus halting the transmission of the disease at the community level.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr. M. Marbaniang, State Leprosy Officer informed that the state of Meghalaya has an average of 20 to 30 cases annually which includes new cases and cases under treatment.
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