Haflong, Jan 19: A meeting was held on anti-leprosy fortnight at the office chamber of Dima Hasao joint director of health and family welfare, Dr. Dipali Barman under the chairmanship of NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCAC) principal secretary TT Daulagupu. The programme was organised by district leprosy officer Dr. Silpi Saikia. During the meeting it was informed that Sparsh Leprosy awareness campaign will be observed from January 30 to February 13 in commemoration with death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to make India a leprosy free country.
During the programme, various leprosy eradication programmes laid by the government of India were discussed. A discussion was also made regarding programmes for observance of the anti-leprosy fortnight involving other departments including district administration, social welfare, education department, block development offices, PHE department, NHM workers, village president, NGO’s clubs and social organisations. The objective of the fortnight is to spread awareness on leprosy and to create of sensitiveness towards the patients and equip people to tackle by adopting remedial measures for the deathly disease in time. In his short speech, TT Daulagupu appealed all present to keep close co-operation in executing the programme of anti-leprosy fortnight so that the district may remain leprosy free. He also stressed upon all the government departments to circulate the messages on anti-leprosy programme along with their mandatory duties so that no one will be deprived of free treatment offered by the government to all the health care units of the government.
The meeting was attended by superintendent of Haflong civil hospital Dr Kalpana Kemprai, NHM district program manager Rukmini Difoesa, representatives from various government departments among doctors, nurses, ASHA workers, ANMs and staff of health and medical services.