The National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP) conducted a one-day training program for District Program Officers-CD/11 (DPOs-CD/11) on June 6, 2024, at the Conference Hall, DHFW. Representatives from all districts attended the training program. Dr SK Dey, State Leprosy Consultant, and Dr Ruokuohelie Rutsa, State Leprosy Officer, were the resource persons.

NLEP conducts training for District Program Officers to strengthen leprosy eradication efforts
Mission Director Dr Akuo Sorhie also attended the program as a special guest. In her speech, she provided detailed insights into the Leprosy program with special emphasis on the National Strategic Plan (NSP) and highlighted the roadmap for Leprosy 2023-2024. The target of the NSP is to achieve the interruption of Leprosy transmission and reach zero indigenous leprosy cases by 2027.

Dr Sorhie emphasized the need to remain vigilant and not be complacent since there are active Leprosy cases in Nagaland, including a few indigenous cases. She stressed the importance of accelerating new case findings through active case finding, leprosy case detection campaigns, focused leprosy campaigns, and intensified case finding of leprosy. Additionally, she mentioned the need for aggressive contact tracing of index cases and proper preventive measures, such as administering post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) at the right time.

State Leprosy Officer Dr. Ruokuohelie Rutsa gave a PowerPoint presentation on the overview of the Leprosy program and the state’s performance over the last five years. According to the statistics, 122 cases of Leprosy were detected in Nagaland over the last five years, with 90 (74%) imported cases and 32 (26%) indigenous cases.

The program concluded with a vote of thanks pronounced by Hokito (NMS).

Mokokchung Times

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