Incentives to Leprosy Patients Undergoing Reconstructive Surgery Jan/Feb 2009
For the first time in the history of leprosy, the National Leprosy Program (NLEP) of India in a bid to help patients overcome their financial problems in supporting their families while they were admitted in hospital for reconstructive surgery.
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If you look at the “2007 trend
”of leprosy cases in the table
, it does seem that new cases are dropping slowly, but, the number of relapse cases, are increasing. However, with the advent of the DPMR
program, we are happy to see that a better awareness is being created. However, we can only hope, that with better nutrition
; better education
of children & parents; better sanitation
practices; less consanguineous marriages; & better economy
, leprosy will slowly disappear, in-spite of the fact that, a)
the reservoir of infection is still there &, b)
the early “diagnostic mechanism” has been stopped & MDT is still not easily available.
The Emmaus Referral Hospital
at Palamaner along with its branch at Kuppam was founded and sponsored by Leprosy Relief Work of Emmaus Switzerland in 1977. The project started its operations in leprosy treatment and control in the most endemic villages of the southern most taluks (Palamner & Kuppam) in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
The Headquarters with a fully equipped base hospital is at Palamaner and its extension is in Kuppam, 70 Km to the south of Palamaner.
Our Leprosy, TB, & Blindness control programs are part of the National Health programs & are monitored by the government.