Chandigarh,30.01.18-World Leprosy Eradication Day day was celebrated at Civil Hospital, Naraingarh under the guidance of Dr.Kathirvel S. Assistant Professor and Faculty incharge, RHTC-Naraingarh, Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, along with Dr. Garima Sangwan, Senior Resident (Community Medicine), Dr.Srinivasavardhan, Junior Resident (Pediatrics) and Mr.Rai Singh, Public Health Nursing Officer on30.01.2018. A total of 40-45 participants attended the celebration cum awareness campaign. Dr.Kathirvel S welcomed the audience and introduced the team members. He told about the disease and the importance of being aware of it. He explained the cause of leprosy, the spread of disease, signs and symptoms of disease, what should be done in case of suspicion of leprosy, treatment of leprosy, prevention of disability due to leprosy and multidrug therapy for leprosy. He emphasized on starting treatment (Multi-drug therapy-MDT) as soon as possible after a person is diagnosed to prevent irreversible loss of nerve functions and permanent disability. The discussion was taken further by Dr.Garima Sangwan who highlighted that in case of signs and symptoms of leprosy, contact ASHA or ANM of your area or visit the nearest government health facility. Multidrug Therapy for leprosy is available free of cost at all Government health care facilities in the country. She sensitised the participants about prevention of deformities due to leprosy by early detection and treatment.She also stressed on the fact that Leprosy is curable and recurrence after adequate treatment with MDT is very rare. Dr. Kathirvel S concluded the session by underpinning the importance of early detection and completion of prescribed treatment using MDT. He also motivated the participants to actively share the knowledge with their family and friends. The team also answered the queries raised by the participants. The session concluded with vote of thanks

.Dr. Kathirvel S., Assistant Professor cum Faculty in Charge (Rural Health Training Centre-Naraingarh), Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. Garima Sangwan, Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. Srinivasavaradan, Junior Resident, Advanced Pediatric Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Mr. Rai Singh, Public Health Nursing Officer, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh

 Dr Kathirvel S, Assistant Professor interaction with the participants on Leprosy