To commemorate the anti-leprosy fortnight and to create awareness in the community, Lepra Society organised a walk for Leprosy from Sanjeeviah Park to Jal Vihar here on Sunday.
The walk was flagged off by the British deputy high commissioner, Hyderabad, Andrew Mc Allister. Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the common myths like leprosy is the result of past sins, immoral behaviour and affected persons should be isolated and urged people to dispel these.
Former cricketer VVS Laxman urged people to get the disease detected early and undertake treatment through multi drug therapy. He appealed to all to work towards leprosy-free India and treat persons affected by leprosy with dignity and compassion.
Chief executive in-charge LEPRA Society, J Subbanna said 58 percent of new leprosy cases globally are from lndia, which means one new case is detected every five minutes in the country. This including 10,000 children every year.
People suffering from leprosy continue to face discrimination from the society. Hence, collective efforts to fight it is the need of the hour. He urged people to join hands for a leprosy-free society in India.
State Leprosy Officer, T Tarachand Naidu, general manager HR NTPC, P Gopala Rao, Amith, Disha Charitable Trust extended their support by signing a campaign to end stigma and discrimination associated with leprosy.
People suffering from leprosy, senior citizens, health officials, volunteers, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Andhra Mahila Sabha, Vignan College, Vadlamudi, Guntur, Yashoda School of Nursing, NSKK School, lndira Priyadarshi College, Koti Womens College, Corporates from lDBl, NTPC, Beam Fibers, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, JK Fenner, KPC Projects, Sree Krishna Enterprises and staff of LEPRA Society participated in the walk.