The 70th World Leprosy Day is being marked today by organizing different programmes under the theme of “Act Now. End Leprosy”.
The World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January every year.
Since 1954, this day is being observed all around the world in order to raise awareness about leprosy. Despite the fact that Nepal was declared leprosy-free in 2010, new cases continue to emerge, mostly in the Tarai districts. According to government figures, Nepal witnessed a total of 2,285 new patients of leprosy in the fiscal year 2079/080.
Leprosy is not a disease that is passed down through the generations. However, doctors say that if someone is seen with leprosy disease in the family or community, the chances of seeing it in others are high.
As per the government data, there are a total of 910 cases of leprosy in Madhes Province, which is around 40 percent of the total cases of the leprosy recorded in the country. Surprisingly, Saptari district in Madhes province has no leprosy cases.
Likewise, 581 in Lumbini, 345 in Province 1, 205 in Sudurpaschim and 68 cases of leprosy are confirmed reported in Karnali province. The number of leprosy patients is less in Gandaki and Bagmati provinces compared to other provinces.