79 new leprosy patients found in Siraha

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Lahan

Jul 23, 2018-

A total of 79 new patients of leprosy have been found in Siraha district, according to the Health Division at Dhangadhimai Municipality.

The new patients were detected during a door-to-door campaign launched by the government to identify the leprosy patients and offer them medical assistance as per its target of making Nepal leprosy-free by 2020.

Among the newly diagnosed patients, 43 were male and 36 female, according to the division’s Public Health Officer Bilat Narayan Raya.

The Health Division officials identified them at Phulkatahikatti, Hanumannagar, Bhawanipur and Nayanpur having symptoms of leprosy as swollen face, skin lesion, rashes and red marks, among others.

Caused by the Mycobacterium Leprae, leprosy could be cured if the patients take medication on time, doctors say. Severe leprosy could lead to the nerve damage resulting in muscle atrophy, paralysis and blindness. Jhapa records the highest number of leprosy patients in the country, followed by Morang, Sunsari, Siraha and Saptari.

Published: 23-07-2018 07:23

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