Leprosy still a cause for concern
Cases show a 138% increase in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
New Delhi, 02 May 2017: India was declared leprosy free in the year 2005, as per statistics, when new cases fell to less than 1 per 10,000. Despite this, the country still accounts for the largest number of people affected with leprosy in the world (58%), with a registered prevalence of 86,319 and 1, 25,785 new detected cases. According to government figures, the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has shown a leprosy prevalence of 6.2 cases per 10,000 population in 2016/17, which is a dramatic increase from 1.88 cases per 10,000 population noted in 2007/08.
As per a report submitted to ICMR recently by a team of researchers, poor ventilation, the large tribal population in the Union Territory, and the thick forest cover and hilly terrain are the possible factors causing a rise in the number of leprosy cases.