Kargil, Feb 03, 2023: Health Department Kargil today observed World Anti-Leprosy Day with the theme “Let’s Fight Leprosy and Make Leprosy a History” here at GNM, School, Kurbathang, Kargil.
Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan was the chief guest while Deputy Commissioner/CEO, LAHDC, Kargil, Santosh Sukhadeve was the guest of honour.
Joint Director, Information, Ladakh, Imteeaz Kacho, Chief Education Officer, Mushtaq Ahmad, Councilor Tai Suru, Aga Syed Abass, CMO Kargil, Dr Munnawar Hussain Wazir, District Leprosy Officer/District Health Society Officer Kargil, Dr Fatima Nissa, Incharge Medical Superintendent, Dr Haji Ali, Block Medical Officer, doctors, ASHA facilitators, ASHA workers among others were present on the occasion.
The CEC in his address said the World Leprosy Day is observed every year, coinciding with the death anniversary of Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. He appealed the people to contribute and come forward to eradicate this disease.
He directed the concerned to study the disease and do in depth survey to control its spread in the district. He applauded the health workers for their hard work and dedication for spreading awareness regarding the disease.
Khan also suggested the concerned to organize such awareness camps at block level to spread awareness regarding the disease and congratulated Dr Fatima Nissa and her team for organizing the event.
In his address, DC Santosh congratulated the health workers for conducting the mass awareness camp and also asked to organize such camps by involving Education Department and ICDS. He further added that the District Administration is committed to eradicate leprosy and overcome the stigma attached to it.
Earlier, Dr Sajjad Hussain, Dermatologist, presented a PPT about the treatment, transmission, incubation period and also informed about the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) and its objectives. Later, CMO Kargil Dr Munnawar Hussian Wazir presented the vote thanks.