As many as eight patients of leprosy have been identified in a single ward of Mahottari rural municipality in Mahottari district.
Rural municipality Health Coordinator Saroj Kumar Jha shared that patients with this chronic disease were spotted in ward no 5, a settlement of the Dalit people.
A drive to identify leprosy patients and offer them multi-drug therapy for cure has been launched aggressively in this rural municipality with more than 30,000 population, informed Jha.
Leprosy is caused by a bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae and it is a curable disease. Symptoms may occur within a year of infection but can also take as long as 20 years or even more to occur, according to the World Health Organization.