Efforts made under these programmes led to the discovery of child leprosy, apart from other new cases.
Reduced Efforts: The declaration of elimination diluted efforts of health workers, who were helping in identifying cases in rural areas. As a result, efforts to fight against the disease at different levels were also reduced to a great extent.
The strengthening of the public health system at the ground level is necessary to handle this issue in areas where a large number of cases are being reported.
India needs a clear strategy and implementation plan to address the problem and achieve eradication of leprosy.