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Maharashtra worried over rise in leprosy cases

MUMBAI: An increase in the incidence of leprosy cases in the state has the government worried.

Public health minister Suresh Shetty said on Wednesday that surveys carried out in 173 talukas of 19 districts in 2011-12 revealed that the incidence rate of leprosy was above the guidelines set by World Health Organization (WHO) for areas where leprosy was declared as being under control.

Of the 2.44 crore persons surveyed, 2,440 tested positive for the disease. While WHO has set a limit of one positive case among 10,000 as the upper limit for areas where leprosy is under control, the survey findings revealed that the incidence rate had touched 1.17%.

Raising a calling attention motion on the issue in the legislative assembly, Opposition leader Eknath Khadse said the rapid rise in leprosy incidence was a matter of grave concern. Shetty replied that his department had already initiated various measures, including sensitization of doctors and awareness campaigns.

He also said that the state had already increased allowances and grants to NGOs and hospitals involved.

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