Campaign to detect leprosy

Campaign to detect leprosy
Central observer, Dr. P. J. Gogoi with medical officers and health workers.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/16/2019 11:08:54 AM IST

Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC) under Dimapur district was launched at CMO’s office Dimapur on September 16 and will continue till September 22. 

A press release from zonal leprosy officer (ZLO) Dimapur, Dr. Heto Swu stated that, Ministry of Regional Office for Health & Family Welfare, India, senior regional director Dr. P. J. Gogoi, who is in the state as central observer stated that house-to-house survey was crucial to identify new cases as many infected patients do not seek medical treatment due to stigma and prejudice attached to this disease. 

Affirming that this intensive campaign will be help in identifying those hidden cases and medical treatment provided, Dr. Gogoi added that he will be visiting health units to assess and provide necessary assistance in the coming weeks. 

He also urged the field workers to be involved vigorously in the campaign and help to eliminate this disease. 

Dr. Gogoi also inaugurated the LCDC control room and the campaign was officially flagged off by Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi, CMO Dimapur. Dr. Gogoi also visited Medziphema CHC and Socunoma SC along with state leprosy officer, zonal leprosy officer, consultant NLEP and other paramedical workers.

Earlier, the inaugural programme was chaired by Dr. Heto Swu, ZLO Dimapur, while Dr. Ahu Sekhose, state leprosy officer, Nagaland informed the participants on the previous similar campaign held in 2016 where more than 125 suspected cases were identified, of which four cases were positive. 

He attributed the success of the previous campaign to the contribution and hard work of the field workers. 

In preparedness of this intensive campaign, training for medical officers, ANMs and ASHAs in all the blocks have been conducted in Dimapur.  


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