National Leprosy Eradication Programme

The National Leprosy Eradication Programme was launched in 1954-55. Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) was launched in 1983. The prevalence rate of 118/10000. Population in the year 1983 was brought down to 0.8 / 10000 Population (upto December 2008). Tamil Nadu has achieved the Elimination status from 2005 ahead of the targeted year. Tamilnadu is the First State which has integrated the vertical programmes with Primary Health Centres in Sept - 1997. Now Leprosy is not a major Public Health problem. Now prevention of Disabilities and Surgical corrections for the Ulcers and for the damaged Nerves are being carried out.

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