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Nearly 700 leprosy patients in WP last year

A total of 691 leprosy patients were reported in the Western Province last year and 77 of them (11 percent) in Colombo city, Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said.

Speaking at a press conference in Colombo yesterday, he said Modara, Mattakkuliya, Bloumendhal, Grand Pass South, Narahenpita, Borella North and Dematagoda are the high-risk areas in Colombo affected by the disease.

There is a slight decrease in leprosy in Sri Lanka. Last year, there was a slight increase, he said.

Arrangements have been made to identify all leprosy patients and bring treatment to their doorstep.

“We also take steps to conduct a full study on the surroundings of the spots where leprosy patients are being detected and screen all who are associated with the patient and take preventive measures,” Dr. Wijayamuni said.

More men get affected from leprosy than women. High population density and sub-standard living conditions without required facilities are some of the reasons that contribute to increased leprosy, he said.


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