KARACHI: The leprosy elimination is successfully being achieved in Pakistan; however elimination is not the end of leprosy as there are many challenges in terms of physical and social rehabilitation which will go on even in the post elimination phase.
These views were expressed by Founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) Dr Ruth Pfau and CEO Mervyn Lobu at a ceremony to celebrate 60th years of MALC held at Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi . The ceremony was attended by senior board members Dr Mutahir Zi, Dr Ali Murtaza and Nisar Ahmed Malik, while people from all walk of life attended the event.
Speakers said achievement of gradual elimination of leprosy was because of the concerted efforts by a team of committed workers. They appealed to the people to do away with stigma attached to disease and tendency to ostracize the sufferer.
They further said that World Leprosy Day not only symbolizes our feelings of togetherness and love without patients affected by Leprosy but also provides an opportunity to all of us working for leprosy to come closer and renew our commitment for a leprosy free world.
In 1996, Leprosy was controlled in Pakistan. The prevalence of the disease reduced to the extent that the World Health Organization declared the disease to be under control in Pakistan, one of the first countries in region to achieve this goal.