Department of Community Medicine in association with Department of Dermatology ,MES Medical College Perinthalmanna observed World Leprosy Day 2020 at Palloor Kotta, industrial sector on 29th January 2020. Dr Abdul Nizar AP, PG from Community Medicine Department, Dr Tresa, PG Dermatology Department under the guidance of Dr Sherin Ishaque, Senior Resident from the Department Of Community Medicine with good field level support provided by Mr Satheesh Kumar Health Inspector, Department of Community Medicine MES Medical College conducted Screening Camp for Leprosy anda few small Group discussion and individual health education with the help of electronic gadgets.
The Day observation was carried out in The Workers Union Office, Industrial sector, Palloor kotta. We were welcomed by Owners Association Secretory, Mr Anil. He showed us the arrangement that they had made. He had planned the program in such a way that one worker from each section will be coming for the screening camp so at a time there will be 4 or 5 workers reporting for check-up. All together there were 50 workers with a majority belonging to the migrant population from the state of Bihar, Assam, Bengal, Odissa and Tamil Nadu.
As we reached there early, Mr Anil first took us to various plants in the area which included tyre shredding plant , plastic recycling plants , plastic foam making, plywood furniture plant etc.. It gave us an idea as to which hazards the worker were exposed and we could screen for the occupational health problems quickly along with leprosy screening.
Of the total 27 workers who attended the camp 1 had Scabies, 2 had Tinea Cruris, 1 had Tinea Corporis. No lesion suggestive of Hansen’s disease was found among the workers. The people who attended the camp were taught about the symptoms and signs of leprosy and were assured on consulting Dermatology Department if they come across any of the features.
The Workers Union Secretory thanked us for conducting the camp and was willing to collaborate with us in any other health program in near future.