Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. Most people have a natural immunity to the disease and those that do develop leprosy can be cured with modern Multidrug Therapy Treatment (MDT). The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, apart from some other structures. Leprosy has afflicted humanity since time immemorial. It once affected every continent and has left behind a terrifying image in history and human memory – of mutilation, rejection and exclusion from society. Therefore, Department of Health initiated this program to provide treatment and avoid such transmission within our community.
Earlier all the leprosy patients were enrolled in Palampur Leprosy home and were provided medication, monthly stipend or dry ration. At present all of them have been recovered. Currently as of 2020, we have four patients to whom we provide monthly stipend and medical expenses. Reach out to this section at the email address [email protected].