Leprosy Cases: Leprosy cases fell 87% after NLEP linked to general healthcare: Govt | Cuttack News

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Cuttack: The state govt has told the Orissa high court that new leprosy cases have declined by 87% since the integration of National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) with general healthcare system following the directions of the Centre in 2002.
Director of public health Dr Bijay Kumar Mahapatra made the claim on Monday in an affidavit while the HC was hearing a PIL seeking effective implementation of NLEP.The plea was filed by secretary of State Leprosy Welfare Federation, Bipin Bihari Pradhan, in 2015.
Taking the affidavit on record, the two-judge bench of Chief Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice M S Raman posted the matter for further hearing on July 16 while allowing the petitioner counsel to file a rejoinder.
On May 7, the state govt was directed to file a reply to the petitioner’s counsel B K Mishra’s argument that engagement of para-medical workers is required for effective implementation of NLEP. He argued there is no dedicated workforce for NLEP.
In the affidavit, Mahapatra said no dedicated paramedical workers are required to be engaged under NLEP for leprosy screening and treatment after integration of NLEP with general healthcare system, as this along with other programmes such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue, maternal health, child health and immunisation were required to be carried out as a part of the comprehensive service delivery. “Inclusion of a greater number of healthcare providers in case of detection and management through active leprosy surveillance system has widened and reached the whole population through house-to house surveillance,” the affidavit said.

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