Karachi, December 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said that the number of leprosy patients in Pakistan has reduced considerably as four to five hundred patients annually suffer with this disease. On a visit to Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Saddar Karachi he announced one million rupees grant for MALC. Chief Executive MALC Mervyn Lobo, Media Manager Nisar A. Malik, Sr. Silvian Vector, doctors and leprosy experts were present on this occasion. Administrator Karachi said out of five hundred patients annually only 40 percent belonged to Karachi and it was a wrong impression that this disease prevalent only in Northern Areas or cold regions.
He said India have more leprosy patients in the world as the number of patients there had reached to 126,000 per annum whereas Brazil and African Countries have second and third number in leprosy patients.
Administrator Karachi said leprosy was hundred percent curable and it only needs timely diagnosis and proper medical treatment. Free of cost treatment was available for leprosy patients all over the world including Pakistan under collaboration of World Health Organization. He said since 1996 this disease had been controlled completely and the number of patients had been reducing gradually.
Suburban areas and katchi abadies were especially vulnerable to this condition. Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed praised the services of Dr. Ruth Pfau, in the diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in Pakistan and said that in the age of 83 she was still playing active role in the elimination of this disease. Chief Executive Officer Mervyn Lobo in a briefing said 170 centers were working in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir under MALC where medical treatment was providing to patients.
He said these centers were in addition providing treatment for tuberculosis also. Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Saddar has the capacity for admission of 64 patients at a time who were provided with free of cost medical treatment. Administrator Karachi on this occasion offered MALC Administration to establish such centers in Korangi, Landhi and North Karachi areas so that the leprosy patients could be provided with better treatment facility near to their home.
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