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Anti Leprosy Day 2016

Anti Leprosy Day 2016

Anti Leprosy Day (Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi) 2015 would be celebrated all over India at Friday, on 30th of January.

About Anti Leprosy Day (Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi)

30th January, the Martyrdom Day of the great person Gandhi Ji, is celebrated every year as the Anti Leprosy Day all over the India in order to re-memorize his selfless efforts and care for the people affected by the infectious disease leprosy (also known as the Hansen’s disease). It is celebrated to understand the real need to fight against the leprosy. Anti-Leprosy Day campaign is celebrated in the schools premises by showing the presentation as well as movie to the students to aware them towards the much infectious disease Leprosy.

Anyone can be affected with this disease, so the day is celebrated to make aware the people about the scientific reasons of leprosy as well as its medical cures. It would be celebrated at the same day at 30th of January in the year 2014 in order focusing on the attention of people and their awareness about this air-borne disease. The day is also celebrated in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi who had tried very much for the eradication of leprosy. Several programmes are organized at this day all across the India to share the message with people to fight against leprosy and let them know that the disease is completely curable.

According to the report it has been noted that there is a mark reduction in the disease rate as the Government of India has made available the multi-drug Leprosy treatment (NLEP-National Leprosy Eradication Program) free of cost at all government health centers all over the India. Leprosy is the oldest recorded diseases in the world which is an infectious chronic disease which targets affecting the nervous system (specially the nerves of the hands, feet and face). The diseased patients were nursed by the Mahatma Gandhi Ji at the Sabarmati ashram.

A free check-up camp is organized at the anti leprosy day celebration for the leprosy patients at each health centers which effectively changes the attitudes of people towards the disease. It is a disease caused by the bacteria (Mycobacterium Laprae), it is not the hereditary disease, so it is fully curable by the regular and adequate treatment which is very necessary to cure the disease and prevent its disabilities. The Government of India has made a plan to completely eradicate it from the India by the distant goal named Leprosy Elimination Target. Variety of leprosy control activities has been launched by the World Health Organization for further reducing the disease worldwide.

The celebration of the day targets to aware people about disease myths such as it is not spread by simply touching affected person.

Objectives of Celebrating Anti Leprosy Day

  • To raise the leprosy awareness among people.
  • To offer help to those affected by disease through the regular and free of cost treatment they need.
  • To make the diseased person psychologically strong and help them to cope up with physical impairments of skin sores and nerve damage.
  • To ascertain that all affected persons are getting the necessary treatment, rehabilitation and care or not.
  • To estimate the marked decrease or increase in the rate of spreading disease.

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