JAGTIAL, FEBRUARY 02, 2024: The ‘Sparsh’ leprosy awareness campaign was organised by the Health Club of Government Degree College, Korutla, in Jagtial district on Friday.
An awareness campaign to provide an insight into the symptoms as well as the treatment associated with the disease. The main objective of the campaign is to expedite early diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in order to prevent the patients from being affected by the problem.
Health Club Coordinator G Neeraja said some misconceptions were prevailing in society towards leprosy. The truth is that the disease was completely curable. The motive of the campaign was the message could be sent to the grassroot level that a leprosy patient was not worthy of detestation or hatred in society, but the sick should be encouraged to get their treatment done, she added.
Deputy Para-medical officer Erya Nayak said under the national leprosy disease eradication programme, the treatment of leprosy was free at the public health institutions. Mild white or copious spots on skin may be indicative of leprosy. Anaphylaxis affects the nerves of the skin because of which sometimes the fingers of hands and feet come off the body. Apart from this, white spots may also develop in the eyes. Successful treatment of leprosy could be possible if the disease is identified in time. The course of medicine can be completed according to the medical advice, he stated.
On this occasion, an elocution competition for the students and the prizes were distributed by the incharge principal B Naresh. The winners include: S Shailaja (BA second year), Vaishnavi (B Com first year) and K Kavya (BSc first year).
Later, the students and faculty members took pledge for the eradication of the leprosy. They also recollected the services of Mahatma Gandhi, termed as the messiah of leprosy patients. Faculty members S Mallikarjun, Sukhaprada Devi, B Nagaraju, D Vijitha, Wasim Begum, Humera Sultana, Talat Fatima, P Mamatha, V Prathima, Srilatha, P Srinivas, Venkateshwar Naik and others were also present.