POLL: Is Leprosy Still a Problem?

2011 March 31

Unreported World's Seyi Rhodes at the Nalgonda leprosy colony

Broadcast recently in the UK on Channel 4 foreign affairs series Unreported World, India’s Leprosy Heroes, highlighted the problem of leprosy in India. The report reveals the numbers of new cases in some areas could be much higher than previously estimated, despite the Indian Government’s claim that the disease has been eliminated.

Reporter Seyi Rhodes travelled with ‘local hero’ Vagavathali Narsappa from Shanti Nagar colony in Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh to the Niani Leprosy Hospital, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Along the way meeting other leprosy sufferers and confronting the stigma that surrounds the disease.

So, has leprosy really been eradicated, and are we only seeing the residual problems from earlier incidence of the disease?

Have you come across new diagnoses of leprosy?

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  1. April 6, 2011

    Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) caused by acid fast staining bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis, need to be effectively contained as it continues to be a potent health hazard that spread across the globe especially in the developing nations. India ranks top among the infected group as there is poor health programmes to diagnosis this debilitating disease. The effort made by the Pallium India to expose the severity of this disease and the possible diagnosis should be acknowledged.

    Dr. Prem Raj Pushpakaran

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