Centre releases three-drug regimen for treating leprosy

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Medical science and Health

Topic: Pathogens & agents of diseases

Issue: Eradication of Leprosy


  • Government aims at stopping transmission of leprosy at the subnational level by 2027,by shifting from two-drug to three-drug regimen.


  • It is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae.
  • Transmitted: Via droplets from the nose and mouth during close contact.
  • Types: PauciBacillary (PB) and Multibacillary (MB) cases.
  • Recommended treatment regimen(Multi Drug Therapy) — Dapsone, Rifampicin and Clofazimine(may cause side-effects).

National Leprosy Eradication Programme:

  • Centrally sponsored Health Scheme under the National Health Mission of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
  • Detect cases of leprosy at an early stage and provide complete treatment, free of cost.
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