Bhubaneswar: In recognition of his work in leprosy eradication, State Leprosy Officer Dr. P.K.B Pattnaik, has been selected for the prestigious Damien-Dutton award for the year 2012.

Dr Pattanaik (51) has been working dedicatedly for the past 25 years to eliminate leprosy in Odisha and the prevelance of leprosy in Odisha has been substantially reduced from 121.4 per 10,000 in 1985 to 0.85 in 2011.

As many as 19 out of the 30 districts in the State have already achieved total leprosy elimination and the rest of the districts are aimed to reach thne goal in the next five years.

It is noteworthy to mention that the award founded by Damien-Dutton Society for Leprosy Aid, USA in 1944 has already been conferred on personalities from India like Dr Dharmendra (1970), Baba Amte (1983), Mother Teresa (1984), Dr K V Deskan (2000), Eliazar T Rose (2005) and Dr E P Fritschi (2006).

Source: 360 NS