Nagpur: There is a need to create sensitivity in the society so that it changes outlook towards the leprosy affected patients and helps them to gain their confidence and self respect opined Dr Vikas Amte, a senior social worker of Anandwan, Chandrapur who has been working for the leprosy patients. He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop organised on ‘Health Schemes’ by Directorate of Information and Publicity today at Hotel Tuli International, Nagpur. Nagpur Division’s Deputy Director Health Dr Sanjeev Jaiswal presided over the workshop, while Additional Director General, Raipur-Pune Directorate of Regional Publicity Monideepa Mukherjee was present.
It may be mentioned that in remote place like Hemalkasa the health services were zero but for the last 71 years under the guidance of late Padmashree Baba Amte health service work is going on. After his death his sons have been carrying on his work.
More than 26 lakh patients are being treated for leprosy, TB and other disease through Anandwan’s 28 organisations, informed Dr Amte.
Dr Prakash Amte expected that such workshops should be held in places like Hemalkasa. He also said that the Regional publicity people should publicise the work done by the leprosy patients like the schools and various other projects undertaken by them in Anandwan and Hemalkasa.
Dr Sanjeev Jaiswal informed that out of the total leprosy patients in the world 60 per cent are found in India and out of the total leprosy patients in Maharashtra 25 per cent are found in Nagpur Division. For the eradication of leprosy it is necessary to detect leprosy and treat it immediately. There is need to create public awareness about this.
Speaking on the occasion, Monideepa Mukherjee said that there is need to inform people of the areas where there are leprosy patients about the importance of nutritious protein rich diet
Dr Sanjay Chilkar of Public Health Organisation, Nagpur guided the second session of the workshop on “Mission Indradhanush.”
State Leprosy Training Centre’s Medical Officer Dr Fatima spoke in detail on Leprosy.
Dr Sunita Lale spoke on Abortion and Precaution, Foeticide, Sex determination test etc.
In the third session District TB Officer Dr Yeshwant Bagade spoke on TB while Manoj Pawar of Public Health Department Yavatmal spoke on ‘Mission Family Development.
Nagpur Region’s Publicity Officer Manoj Sonone conducted the programme while Nasik Region’s Publicity Officer Parang Mandle proposed a vote of thanks.