''Under the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP), the target was to bring down the rate to one or less than one per 10,000 by December 2005. However, this state attained that target by March 2005. Fresh cases between April 2006 -- March 2007 numbered 5,274 and a total of 6,178 were cured,'' the state's Commissioner (Health) Rajesh Rajora said.
As many as 43 of 48 districts boast of rates one or lower per 10,000 while it is below 2.04 in Harda, Anuppur, Bhopal, Burhanpur and Barwani.
''Of a total 313 blocks, ten attained zero prevalence while it is less than one per 10,000 in 262 blocks. In 34, the rate is 1-1.9 while it is 2-5 in seven. An intensive detection campaign is underway. Health, education and survey programmes plus skin ailments alleviation camps are being conducted from time to time,'' the official said.
Cooperation has been extended by panchs, sarpanchs, rural public health protectors, multipurpose health workers, anganwadi workers, voluntary organisations, health organisations, scouts and guides.
Under the Centre's Disability Prevention and Medical Rehabilitation scheme, a provision exists for surgery and a five-bed leprosy rehabilitation unit was established at a local medical college. A directive was issued to Jabalpur Medical College for setting up a similar facility.