Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], January 30 (ANI): The Department of Health and Family Welfare in Karnataka launched the Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign 2021 (SLAC) on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary.
The SLAC is a fortnightly program from January 30, 2021, to February 13, 2021.
The program was organised at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services, Arogya Soudha, Magadi Road in Bengaluru.
The inauguration was done by the Mission Director (MD) of National Health Mission (NHM), IAS Dr Arundhathi Chandrasekhar.
The MD (NHM) administered the oath to the officers and employees of the department and the public after observing silence for two minutes.
Leprosy is also known as Hansen's disease and is a chronic granulomatous disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Leprae. It mainly affects the skin, nerves, eyes, and respiratory system.
The disease is completely curable if diagnosed early, late presentations are associated with complications. If left untreated, leprosy can cause progressive and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes. (ANI)