Kathmandu, September 8:
It is the matter of surprise thatÂ despite the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nepal leprosy-free in 2066 B.S , three thousand new cases of leprosy are found in the country every year in Nepal.
According to the statistics provided by the Leprosy Division at the Department of Health Services, some 3,223 leprosy patients have been found in the country in the last fiscal year. Leprosy is a communicable disease caused by bacteria named Leprae. Similarly, in the fiscal year 069/70, around 3,253 new patients were found.
Dr. Chudamani Bhandari, Director of the Division, said that every year new leprosy malady are surfacing in big number despite of the WHO’s declaration. The government has been providing free medicines to the people suffering from this ailment.Bhandari further informed that the government has been providing financial aid and physical infrastructure to the patients who are ousted from the society.
Earlier, leprosy was considered to be the curse of God. Hence, the patients were kept in the dark fearing the hatred and humiliation from the society . Study shows that districts like Sarlahi, Jhapa, Dhanusha, Rautahat, Mahottari, Bardiya, Parsa, Kailali, Bara and Ruphandehi see the highest number of leprosy patients.