“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.
- 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.
- pale or red skin lesions
- Pain in eyes or foots
- Small bump on skein
- 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