The Gampaha District Health Services Director’s Office has reported an increase in leprosy cases in the district. According to officials, 42 cases of the disease have been reported in the first three months of this year alone.
Dr. Indika Vanninayake, the Gampaha District Health Services Director, has urged residents to seek immediate treatment if they suspect they may have symptoms of the disease. Leprosy can be contracted through close contact with an infected person, including through saliva.
Gampaha District Epidemiologist Nilangi Subhasekara stated that following the identification of 138 leprosy patients in the district last year, efforts have been increased to identify and treat patients this year. Among those identified last year, nearly eight percent were children.
Subhasekara explained that leprosy can be cured if treated promptly. Symptoms include discolored spots on the body, tingling sensations on scars, and tingling in the hands and feet. Those experiencing these symptoms should seek treatment at a skin disease clinic.
The rise in leprosy cases in Gampaha district is a cause for concern and officials are urging residents to take precautions and seek treatment if necessary.