Press Conference to commemorate 66th World Leprosy Day
MALC conducted a press conference on Saturday, January 26, 2019, to commemorate 66th World Leprosy Day.
World Leprosy Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of January every year around the globe to refresh the world to pledge alliance with people affected with Leprosy. No disease in the modern world has faced the stigma of equal nature as Leprosy. MALC has been working to eliminate Leprosy from Pakistan for the last sixty years. Like every year, this year as well MALC has arranged a series of events to raise awareness about Leprosy and to spread the key message that Leprosy is not a curse, it is a treatable disease like any other disease.
After the control of Leprosy in 1996, +/- 400 new cases are being registered annually. Considering the slow and variable incubation period of the ailment, Leprosy will be prevalent, therefore the services have to be kept up for 3 to 4 decades.
Leprosy Control does not mean that it has been eradicated. Despite all the achievements, there are still many cases who can infect others. The hidden cases need to be diagnosed in time and treated to stop further spread of the disease. This year 512 people affected by Leprosy are under treatment. It is important to mention that even though there has been a decline in new cases after Leprosy Control but at a very slow pace.