30th January is observed as World Leprosy Eradication Day across the world. The day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the problems posed by this disease.
The observance of the day is an attempt to create awareness for the socially-stigmatizing ailments-the leprosy and the aftermaths of the disease.
The disease is caused by Mycobacterium leprae and as per World Health Organization (WHO) records about 182, 0000 people In Asia and Africa are traumatized by this disease in the year 2012.
The day was first celebrated by Raoul Follereau in 1954. In India, World Leprosy Day is observed on the same day of the anniversary of the assignation of Mahatma Gandhi-the Father of Nation.
Gandhiji wanted to wipe out leprosy form the face of India.
On the occasion of Leprosy Day, oneworldnews suggest its viewers to pledge to strive to eradicate leprosy form the face of India and consequently form the entire globe.
We have to be compassionate, empathetic and considerate for the leprosy-affected people.
Let us take effective efforts to work for the amelioration of the pathos of the leprosy affected people and to bring them in the main stream.
Mother Teresa has correctly said, “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”