World Leprosy Day is recognized on January 26th. Most people are afraid of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) because of the mistaken beliefs about the disease. Yet, public fear is worse than the disease. There must be change in our attitude towards Leprosy. Knowing the facts about it can help stop the stigma and discrimination towards the disease.
Fact#1 Leprosy can be cured and treatment is free!
Fact#2 Early treatment prevents transmission and permanent disabilities.
Fact#3 Self Examination and voluntary testing at clinics helps in detection.
Leprosy can be identified as a light coloured spot without feelings, loss of feeling in the hands or feet or lumps in the skin.
Let us Stop the Prejudice, Stigma and Discrimination of Leprosy!