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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-16

A 3 years experience of treating tribal leprosy patients and its impact on various domains of patient's life

1 Department of Pharmacology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases, Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, India
3 Department of Biochemistry, Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, India
4 Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, India
5 Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, India

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Harminder Singh
Department of Pharmacology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot - 151 203, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.110567

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Introduction: Leprosy or Hansen's disease is a chronic infectious disease; the social stigma attached to this or faced by the patients is wildly prevalent due to misconception related to disease, which needs a multidimensional effort to eliminate it. Aims and Objectives: To identify the factors which are obstructing the eradication of diseases like people's belief, social stigma, gender bias, and information regarding disease processes. Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional observational study carried out in the Department of Dermatology, Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. Data were collected from August, 2007 to September, 2010. During this period, 178 leprosy diagnosed patients were registered and treated in the Department of Dermatology. Results: A total of 178 patients were enrolled in the project, out of which 41.5% were females. Tribal population dominance was evident as it constituted 81.5% of population and 72% of population was illiterate, with majority 87% representing the poor socioeconomic strata. Conclusion: The key to success is bringing health seeker/sufferer to the health setup and development of tools for early diagnosis and detection of infection and nerve damage as early as possible to attack the disease at nascent stage.

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