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KORAPUT: Reconstructive surgery programme for leprosy patients was launched in the district headquarters hospital here on Thursday.
This was the fourth of its kind in the State after Jharsuguda, Sonepur and Baripada. It was designed to cater to the needs of the patients with deformities due to leprosy in Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, and Rayagda districts, S.N. Pati, State coordinator, ILEP said.
While the prevalence of leprosy was minimised in the State following the continuous effort by the government and non-government agencies, there was a need for looking after the patients suffering from the deformation due to the disease.
Under the programme, already 1,125 operations with an average of around 300 operations per year, were conducted in different parts of the State.
However, as there were more patients suffering from the related deformities across the State, it was decided to conduct at least 500 operations in a year, he said.
Moreover, to encourage the patients to avail of the benefit of the programme, financial support was being extended under the programme, Kashinath Nayak, Director of the Department of Health, said. Awareness activities were being carried out through different programmes, he added.
On the first day of the programme, two patients were operated while eight more would be operated on Friday, Kali Prasad Behera, the doctor in charge of the programme, said.
Already 29 patients were identified and screened for operation from the region and would be operated in the next few months, he added.
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