Sindh Governor calls for eradicating leprosy

Peshawar: Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori on Sunday said that everyone should play his part to eradicate leprosy from Pakistan now.

“Seeing the condition of the leprosy patients, my heart is saddened. On the occasion of World Leprosy Day, we should pledge to get rid of the disease,” these views were expressed by the Governor Sindh while addressing the ceremony organized on the occasion of World Leprosy Day at Leprosy Hospital Manghopir.

Administrator Karachi Dr. Syed Saifur Rahman, former senior director of medical services Dr. Muhammad Ali, senior director Dr. Nadeem Asif, medical superintendent of the hospital Dr. Asif Saeed and other officers were also present on this occasion.

Governor Sindh said that he was sad to see the condition of the hospital as it seemed that the hospital is an archeological place. “The environment should be better for the patients who come to the hospital for treatment. It is the responsibility of the government to provide health facilities. I will request the philanthropists to go ahead and help the institutions that provide public health facilities,” he said.

Tessori said that we have to change the condition of the hospital and added that he will visit the hospital again after a few days. “I was very surprised to know that in the last 120 years I am the first governor to visit this hospital, I do not understand why others did not. I am here to pay tribute to the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff who are performing the duty of treating and caring for leprosy patients, the Governor said.

He said that this disease is treatable and one should consult the doctors only after the initial symptoms. He said that this is the only hospital in Pakistan managed by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation which treats patients suffering from leprosy.

Administrator Karachi Dr. Syed Saifur Rehman while speaking said that more than 90 leprosy patients are residing in this hospital and all expenses of these patients are borne by KMC. He said that this disease is mostly found in cold regions and people are more likely to get this disease due to severe cold.

“Holding this event on the occasion of World Leprosy Day reminds us that we should leave no stone unturned in the service of suffering humanity and leprosy patients should not be left alone,” the Administrator added.

He said that it is very sad that after suffering from leprosy, the family members turn away from such people. Dr Syed Saifur Rehman said that people should be intimated that the disease is not transmitted to other people. On the occasion, Governor Sindh visited various wards and inquired about health of the patients admitted there.