Thiruvananthapuram: In an examination conducted in 8 districts of the state, leprosy has been confirmed among 135 people. Among this, 14 were children. The decease impaired physical disabilities to 6 persons. Biopsy result is awaited for 50 people. ‘Aswamedham’ project organised by the state government identified the patients.
Till October 2018, leprosy was detected in 273 people including 21 children. The latest numbers are after October. Results are awaited from those diagnosed with suspicious scars and anaphia (absence of sense of touch). Minister of Health KK Shailaja said that through ‘Aswamedham’, the department could find out the patients who had no other means to figure out the disease and will begin proper medication.
Survey in 62.51 lakh houses
Asha workers and health department staff have conducted examination in 62.51 lakh houses in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts. These were the districts which witnessed high rate of leprosy patients. In the newly diagnosed leprosy patients, 70 percent of them have confirmed contagious ‘multibacillary leprosy’. It requires one-year long treatment to cure this kind of leprosy, said Dr Padmalatha, state leprosy eradication officer.
The government has given direction to the officers of National Leprosy Eradication Programme to conduct examinations in remaining districts.