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State progress in leprosy fight

West Bengal has made “great progress” in the fight against leprosy, the State Leprosy Association announced on Saturday.

Yohei Sasakawa — president of Nippon Foundation, a global leader in the campaign to eradicate leprosy, and Special Ambassador for World Health Organisation’s (WHO) leprosy programme — was present at the meet.

Sasakawa, on Friday, travelled across Asansol, Durgapur and Bankura, meeting health workers and patients. He also met mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Saturday and will visit Jharkhand to assess the situation there.

West Bengal, one of the seven states that still report leprosy, accounts for seven per cent of the country’s case load of 4,39,000 patients, according to March 2002 survey figures. Uttar Dinajpur, Bankura, Paschim Midnapore, Purulia and Burdwan account for 35 per cent cases in the state.

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