RANCHI: Tata Central Hospital (TCH) launched a project for the leprosy-affected called Sparsh here on Monday. It is in association with LEPRA Society and Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS).
It is one of the key initiatives that TSRDS has partnered with LEPRA Society, an NGO, that promotes quality healthcare to treat the leprosy-affected people in the lease-hold areas of the companys operations in Jharia.
According to a spokesperson of Tata Steel, the disability care unit that will cater exclusively to the project was inaugurated by C Divaker, general manager of the Jharia division and Terry Vasey, chief executive of LEPRA International, UK.
The disability care unit has set the first two-three months towards popularization of the centre. In this regard, it will be helped by the TSRDS and LEPRA staff as well as employees of the government-run public health centre.
It will conduct reviews, screening camps, collate data of the people affected so that people are motivated to come forward for treatment, said the spokesperson.
Sparsh will also offer counselling to the affected people, explain the disease and the treatment involved, through posters, audio-visuals, pamphlets and other means of communication. We have also planned reconstructive surgery to correct deformity in liaison with TCH and conduct disability-specific scientific studies, he added.