Vijayawada: Yohei Sasakawa, World Health Organisation goodwill ambassador for the elimination of leprosy from Japan, met Chief Minister
N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday. He is also the chairman of Nippon Foundation and supplying multi-drug therapy (MDT) to all countries free of cost and dedicatedly working for reduction of discrimination towards leprosy affected persons.
Mr Sasakawa runs Nippon Foundation which is involved in philanthropic activities, using revenue from motorboat racing.
He is known for bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to his work with entities from the political, government, academic and private sectors in addressing issues in health, education, food security and maritime safety. He has been committed to the global fight against leprosy for more than 40 years. The state government decided to increase the special allowance to old age leprosy patients from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 per month. Secretary to CM, M. Girija Sankar was present....