WHO goodwill ambassador against leprosy Yohei Sasakawa has said that India should take special steps to ensure the economic security of leprosy patients, as conditions such as the Covid-19 global epidemic have severely affected leprosy.
Sasakawa, who was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2019 for his efforts against leprosy, said that as usual leprosy patients were ignored in this difficult time and very few people came forward to learn their skills.
Sasakawa said, ‘Leprosy in India and many other countries are often financially weak. Help is needed to prevent the spread of corona virus to large number of leprosy patients due to traffic restrictions and loss of income due to lockdown.
He said that India has increased vigilance against leprosy, but efforts to detect these cases in the interiors of the country, especially in the hilly areas, are not enough. Should be brought and treated.
Saturday is World Leprosy Day. According to the World Health Organization, India has the highest number of new leprosy cases reported on an annual basis worldwide. India and Brazil are followed by Indonesia.
In India, 1,35,485 new leprosy cases were reported in 2016, which is 63 percent of the 2,14,783 new cases reported worldwide.