Sunday, July 28, 2013

Premier hospitals in India provide free screeing to patients on World Hepatitis Day

Premier super speciality hospital Institute of Liver and Billary Sciences today launched a hepatitis vaccination campaign here to combat the spread of the disease. The campaign was launched to commemorate the World Hepatitis Day. The World Hepatitis Day is celebrated world over on July 28.

The campaign -- Hepatitis Awareness Assistance and Treatment Suport -- is aimed at brining down the cases of hepatitis infection as well as to impart knowledge to people about its prevention and cure. Under the initiative, the hospital will also provide free screening and offer subsidised treatment to hepatitis-affected patients. India is home to millions of hepatitis patients but currently there is lack of specific planning by the government to contain hepatitis infection in the country.

Another hospital in Mangalore is organising free hepatitis-b screening and vaccination camp at its premises near Mahaveer Circle from July 28 to 29. This camp has been organised as part of the World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis-b is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis-b virus (HBV), which leads liver to swell and prevents it from working well. HBV is diagnosed by blood tests. HBV vaccination to people, who have not been exposed to this disease, is the best way to prevent it.

The initiatives also aim at bring down the cost of the treatment. It said currently the treatment for the disease is expensive as a patient ends up spending more than Rs 5 lakh a year for the treatment of Hepatitis C infection and almost Rs 3 to 4 lakhs for treatment of Hepatitis B infection.


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