Eliminated 12 years ago, 79,000 New Cases of Leprosy Detected in 2016
New Delhi, July 17: In 2005, the government had claimed to have eliminated leprosy from the country but just in six months of 2016 (April-September), 79,000 new cases of leprosy were detected, says the latest report of National Health Profile, 2017. There were already thousands of old cases of leprosy.
Being the largest state, Uttar Pradesh had the most number of news cases (13,423) followed by Bihar with 12,742 new cases in the given period. But perhaps the smallest union territory of Dadar and Nagar Haveli, as per the report, had the highest prevalence of leprosy cases - 7.93 per 10,000 people while Uttar Pradesh had 0.80 per 10,000 and Bihar 1.30 per 10,000 people.
By the end of September 2016, some 59,356 cases were discharged as cured and 1,05,564 cases were still on record under treatment.
Source: National Health Profile, 2017