Nepal | January 18, 2021

3,000 new leprosy cases detected in 2017

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 28

For the Government of Nepal eradicating leprosy is turning out to be a challenging task as the country sees sharp rise in the number of leprosy patients in the recent years.

In the year 2017 alone, Nepal recorded 3,000 new leprosy patients.

Despite government’s efforts, the number of leprosy patients in the country has been constantly rising for the past two years. As per the data, there were 5,922 leprosy patients in the country in the fiscal 2016-17, while the number stood at 5,641 in the fiscal 2015-16 and 5,477 in the fiscal 2014-15.

A health workers’ team deployed in Kapilvastu diagnosed 70 new patients within a week recently. Lack of awareness, poor personal hygiene and sanitation and low economic status of the people are to blame for the increasing number of leprosy patients.  “Due to lack of awareness of personal hygiene,  skin-related diseases and its mode of transmission, people are still suffering from the disease,” said Mohammad Saud, director at Leprosy Control Division.

Children too have been the victims of the disease. “They are more prone to the disease as they come into contact with people suffering from leprosy in their community more frequently and can not take care of their personal hygiene on their own. However, early treatment can avert disability and deformity,” said Saud.

“In order to help control the number of children suffering from leprosy, we need to organise school and community centric programmes. Leprosy control programmes should be integrated with other health programmes,” said Deputy Director General at the Department of Health Services Chudamani Bhandari.

Reports from 145 countries of World Health Organisation’s six regions show that of the total 216,108 newly diagnosed cases of leprosy in 2016, the number of children was 18,472. It is around nine per cent of leprosy cases reported annually.

The WHO also says national programmes should boost active case-finding, strengthen surveillance, improve contact-tracing and focus more on early detection of leprosy cases among children to meet the target of bringing the number of children suffering from leprosy to zero by 2020.

Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a slow multiplying bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae.

A version of this article appears in print on January 29, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

319 Nepalis living abroad have succumbed to Covid-19 thus far: NRNA

KATHMANDU: Two more Nepalis living abroad died from coronavirus infection in the past week. According to Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), one person passed away in London while the other one died in South Africa. According to the Health Committee under NRNA, with the latest fatalities, Read More...

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 93.86 million, death toll at 2,012,869

LONDON: More than 93.86 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,012,869​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December Read More...

In pics: A day in the lives of STIDH health-workers

KATHMANDU: Teku-based Sukraraaj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) which was established as centre for treating COVID-19 cases has been successfully providing quality care to the patients. Following the detection of the virus in country around ten months ago, the government had dec Read More...

PM has no right to dissolve House, SC told

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17 Lawyers representing the petitioners that have challenged the dissolution of the House of Representatives today began pleading before the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana. Advocate Bhimarjun Acharya said the prime m Read More...

EC consults parties regarding snap polls

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17 The Election Commission today held consultation with 11 political parties on midterm polls announced for April 30 and May 10. EC Spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha said Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya informed representatives of political parties about its Read More...

Valley schools reopening after 10 months

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17 Schools across all local bodies inside Kathmandu valley have started reopening. They had been closed for at least 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 24, the government imposed a blanket lockdown in a bid to subdue the spread of coronavirus, which hit the Read More...

Double for Stones as Man City crush Palace to go second

MANCHESTER: Manchester City steamed into second place in the Premier League with defender John Stones scoring an unlikely double in a 4-0 demolition of visiting Crystal Palace on Sunday. Central defender Stones, closing in on 100 Premier League appearances for City, headed his first league g Read More...

Information Technology

Smart diplomacy: Needs tech-driven approach

A calling need for tech-savviness in state diplomacy with a tech-managed system has assumed diplomatic importance to promote techno-economic cooperation and trade promotion. Technical knowledge about economic and trade connections with both the developed and emerging countries would substantially he Read More...