Nalgonda: Directorate of Field Publicity, Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, took out a walk to create awareness among public on leprosy, here on Tuesday.
Students of Nursing and Pharmacy Colleges participated in the awareness walk, which was conducted from Clock Tower Centre to NG College, by holding placards and raising slogans to stress the need to sensitise people about symptoms of the disease.
Filed Publicity Officer Gutha Koteshwar Rao said new cases of leprosy were reported recently in Nalgonda and Adilabad district. It calls for immediate need to create awareness about symptoms and preventive measures. Pointing out that Leprosy transmits through infected persons, he said early treatment prevented spread of the disease.
Deputy District Medical and Health Officer Hari Krishna said prevalence rate of leprosy was decreased to five from 15 after introduction of multi-drug theraphy in 1982. There were 135 leprosy patients in the district and required medical treatment was being extended to them. Among them, just five were deformation cases, he added.
Leprosy Health Centre Superintendent Ambika said medical services were being extended to 100 leprosy patients. She underlined the need for united work by government agencies and NGOs to make India leprosy free.
Leprosy Colony president G Satyanarayana said Asha workers should be provided training to extend medical services to leprosy patients. Of 135 leprosy patients in the district, 80 patients were suffering from Asthma and government should supply Asthma inhalers to them, he added. He said leprosy patients were prone to asthma and a specialist doctor should be appointed in district government hospital to treat asthma patients.
Red Cross Society president Goli Amarender Reddy said consumption of nutritious food helped in improving immunity. With a target to build a health society, the State government was extending nutritious food to students in hostels and also to pregnant women through Andganwadi centres. Field Publicity Officer presented prizes to winners of different competitions.