“Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC)” Launched to Eliminate Leprosy [ Current Affairs ]


The Union Health Minister J P Nadda recently launched the 2 week “Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC)” for eliminating leprosy with special attention to the 149 prevalent leprosy districts in India.

Key Facts

  • In this regard, 1,600 blocks from the 149 districts of 20 states will covered by 3 lakh health teams of LCDC  by door-to-door visits to identify leprosy cases.
  • The campaign will be finished on September 18, 2016.
  • At the national and most of the state level, leprosy has been successfully eliminated but still some cases are identified at the districts and block level.
  • India has elimination leprosy as a public health problem, so now there only 1 present population is suffering from Leprosy till December, 2005 based on National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP), a centrally-sponsored scheme.

What is leprosy?

  • Leprosy is infectious disease mainly causing by the bacilli Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis.
  • It is mostly speared by airborne respiratory droplets.
  •  Symptom:  
  1. pale or red skin lesions
  2. reduced
  3. sensation
  4. numbnes
  5. Pain in eyes or foots
  6. Small bump on skein
  7. Rashes
leprosy affected Person

leprosy affected Person

leprosy affected Person

  • It is mostly affects after 40+ age
  • India is origin point of leprosy during 2000 B.C. and during the war it was spread in to other Asian countries.
  • Indian then government (before Independence) passed the Leprosy Act of 1898, under which customary leprosy victims and separated them based on gender to prevent from its spared.

- Published on: September 8, 2016