238 new cases of leprosy registered in interior Sindh

LARKANA: As many as 238 new cases of leprosy were registered in three years at leprosy centers and clinics in districts of interior Sindh during 2012-14, a clinical analysis revealed here on Thursday.

The analysis was jointly conducted by Doctors Farooq Rahman Soomro Incharge Leprosy Center Larkana, Manzoor Ali Shaikh, Irfan Ahmed Shaikh, Nuzhat Seema Bhatti and Ghulam Murtaza Pathan. Out of these 238 cases, the adult males were 104 (44%) and 106 adult females (44%).

Among child cases males were 14 (6%) and females were also 14 (6%). Out of total cases of 98 (41%) were delayed diagnosed after one year, the analysis further disclosed. Regarding types of leprosy, the study shows that tuberculoid cases were 59 (25%), borderline cases were 100 (42%), borderline cases were 13 (5%) and borderline lepromatous leprosy cases were 53 (22%).

The multibacillary cases were 179 (75%) and paucibacillary cases were 59 (25%). The study further said that the proportion of children below 15 years was an average 12% as new cases in this study. According to this data, 24 new leprosy cases were detected each from Jamshoro & Hyderabad, 12 from Thano Boola Khan, 10 from Kotri, three from Thatta, 24 from Dadu, 9 from Mirpurkhas, two from Badin, seven from Sanghar, 12 from Nawabshah, 24 from Sukkur, eight from Khairpur, 27 from Larkana, 14 from Shikarpur, 12 from Jacobabad and 26 from Kandhkot.

Dr Farooq Soomro told PPI that treatment of leprosy is free of cost in Pakistan at the relevant clinics, centers or even the domestic service is also available through which technicians deliver drugs at the doors of the affected patients.

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