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Leprosy Training Program Empowers Community Health Officers in East Singhbhum

District Leprosy Prevention Office
District Leprosy Prevention Office
By Zamir Azad

Jamshedpur, June 20, 2024: 

Under the National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP), a one-day training session for Community Medical Officers (CHO + AYUSH CHO) was recently organized at the Civil Surgeon Auditorium in East Singhbhum. The event aimed to enhance awareness and knowledge about leprosy, emphasizing early identification and treatment.

Key Highlights:

  1. Disability Prevention: Dr. Jujhar Majhi, Civil Surgeon of East Singhbhum, stressed the importance of early intervention in preventing disability caused by leprosy. Timely treatment can significantly reduce the impact on patients’ lives.
  2. Comprehensive Training: Trainers from the Damien Foundation and Nav Jagrat Manav Samaj provided detailed information to community health officers. Topics covered included leprosy symptoms, cardinal signs, diagnosis, treatment, and reconstructive surgery under the D.P.M.R. guidelines.
  3. Test and Treat Approach: District R.C.H. Officer Dr. Ranjit Panda advocated for a proactive “test and treat” approach to tackle leprosy effectively.
  4. Self-Care Insights: Physician Mr. Raj Kumar Mishra shed light on self-care practices for leprosy patients.
  5. Eradication Commitment: District Leprosy Advisor Dr. Rajiv Lochan Mahato emphasized the need to eradicate leprosy. He urged implementing the knowledge gained during the training and treating leprosy patients with compassion. Regular consumption of MDT (Multi-Drug Therapy) can lead to complete cure.
  6. Public Welfare Schemes: Dr. Mahato also called for making government welfare schemes accessible to leprosy patients. Dispelling misconceptions and changing attitudes toward leprosy patients are essential steps toward their inclusion in society.
  7. Certificates Distributed: The program concluded with the distribution of certificates to all participants.
  8. Acknowledgments: Mr. Rishikesh Giri (District Leprosy Prevention Office) and Mr. Duryodhan Bagati (Damien Foundation) played crucial roles in the program’s success.

Written by Zamir Azad

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