Meetings with Ministers

Keshav Desiraju, Secretary,
Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare

While many states have shown good progress, we still have something like 125,000 new cases each year. In statistical terms, it is a small number, but in actual numbers it is very big. We are speaking to state governments about this. One problem is that people don’t seem to find leprosy work interesting. In some states the post of leprosy officer is not filled. It may be that somebody who is trained to do that job is being used elsewhere because leprosy is not seen as a priority. We regard leprosy as a very important area of our work. It is a priority for us, even if it is not a priority for state governments.