Nagaland joined the rest of the nation on Sunday in observing ‘Anti-leprosy day’ at anti- leprosy Colony, Kohima.
The day was observed by State Leprosy officer along with staff and leprosy patients.
In her message on ‘Anti leprosy day’, president of India Pratiba Devsingh Patil said Leprosy was a curable disease, if detected early and cured properly, adding it curability needed to be extensively publicized.
She also believed with participation of social workers, social organizations and doctors and their concerted action for its eradication, a leprosy free world could surely become a possibility.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in his message also appreciated Indian Leprosy Association for taking initiative to create awareness about Leprosy by observing the day and stated in the last six decades, India moved forward to achieve its goal of complete elimination of Leprosy but stated it required vigilance, public awareness and positive attitude towards the affected.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in his message stated a disease like leprosy needed a bent of mind of service and care, a non-discriminating and caring environment.