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Why does blood need to be put on the mercy seat

In Leviticus 16:14-15 it says: And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat ...
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Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?

It seems like a "cure" for leprosy that involves taking two birds, killing one and dipping the other in the blood of the first, then sprinkling the blood in a particular fashion, multiple times. ...