Public awareness on integration of leprosy services at primary health centres in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Leprosy services were integrated into the general health a decade ago but it seems that a majority of public are still ignorant of this development. Hence, a study was done in Uttar Pradesh, India to determine the awareness about integration and its relationships to various socio-demographic factors. A multistage representative random sample of 3000 persons was chosen in Faizabad district, selecting a sample of 3 villages each situated within 1 km, 1-3 km and beyond 3 km of a PHC. A systematic random sample of 10% of households was chosen from selected villages and an adult male and an adult female from each household interviewed by a qualified investigator. Data were computerized and cross- tabulated against distance from the PHC, sex, age, education and occupational status. Only 45.7% in Uttar Pradesh are aware of the availability of leprosy treatment facilities at PHC but most knew that MDT was free. A smaller proportion was also aware of other facilities such as ulcer dressing and treatment of complications. Family members and health workers and PHC were the main source of information. It is concluded that massive efforts are urgently needed to educate the rural public on integration.

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@article{Verma2011PublicAO, title={Public awareness on integration of leprosy services at primary health centres in Uttar Pradesh, India.}, author={Chanda Verma and Pamidipani Samuel Sundar Rao and M Sathi Raju}, journal={Indian journal of leprosy}, year={2011}, volume={83 2}, pages={95-100} }