Gomati District excercises Leprosy Survey at Tirthamukh

Gomati District Health Administration has launched three days door – to – door leprosy survey in 362 families at Mukchari ADC Village under Tirthamukh areas to detect leprosy patients. District has conducted this exercise at ten island hamlets of the village Gomati bari, Tanurampara, Bhuisya para, Sushen para, Laxmindhar Para, Karmadhan Para, Chitta Para, Rashanadhan para, chaplin chara located in bank of Gomati River Basin covering total 1710 population.

“Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a slow multiplying bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes. Leprosy is curable with multidrug therapy (MDT)”. In order to find out any hidden patient, the District has conducted door –to – door survey, said Dr. Niru Mohan Jamatia, District Chief Medical Officer.

Informing about the details of survey, Dr. Sourav Bhowmik, Medical Officer In Charge of Tirthamukh PHC told that 3 more leprosy patients have been identified during the survey. Thus the total numbers of leprosy patient in Mukchari village has been increased to four. Amongst them, two female patients infected with Paucibacillary leprosy group, a symptom showing skin smears negative and two others male patients are suffering with multibacillary leprosy. Out of four patients one is 12 years old girl. One more patient is suspected of PB which is being confirmed by the department.

All confirmed patients have been given Multidrug therapy immediately, informed Dr. Subhendu Debbarma, SDMO of Amarpur Sub Division, as untreated leprosy can cause progressive and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes.

 Along with survey, the Department has conducted interpersonal communication on the issues of malaria, immunization, communicable diseases like diarrhoea. Dr. Kallol Kr. Roy, District Health & Family Welfare Officer told that all families were sensitized on preventive measures of water borne and vector borne diseases, benefits of institutional delivery and immunisation was discussed. During the survey, 24 children have been vaccinated.