Boby is a young girl living in Bangladesh. She was affected by leprosy but tells the story in her own words…
“My name is Boby and I read in class four. My father works in the fisheries and supports our family of five members. I have one elder sister and a younger brother. We are living in Senpara village of Bogra Sadar. One day my mother noticed a few white spots on my face, but we were not bothered much as it was not irritating me in any way because I had no sensation there.
After a few days, a group education session organised by Lepra took place in front of our house. Like others, my mother also attended the session and came to know that any patch with loss of sensation could be an early sign of leprosy and that it may develop into a disability if leprosy remained untreated.
Soon my mother took me to see Lepra staff. They examined me with care and advised me to report to a nearby Upazila Health Complex. The next day I went and they diagnosed me with leprosy. Me and my family were very upset at hearing the bad news. We thought we would have to be isolated from the society and I would never be able to attend school. But Lepra staff counseled us and told me that the disease is in its early stages and if I can complete full treatment, I will be absolutely free from leprosy. We came back home with medicine which was completely free of cost.
Now I am taking medicine regularly with continuous follow up from the health staff. I can go to school. I am very happy that I was diagnosed early and will not be affected by disability. Thank you Lepra for your support.”
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