Thursday, August 6, 2015

Khatore Pharmaceuticals and other organisations work to spread awareness about hepatitis

With over 3/4 of people in India being unaware about the existence of Hepatitis, many medical exerts of the country have decided to start an online data registry detailing the rising number of hepatitis patients. Khatore Pharmaceuticals also ran a campaign in Delhi to make people aware of liver disorders including distributing pamphlets to people near metro stations.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The aim is to make people aware of problem and precaution that they can take to prevent it from spreading. 

The registry will be part of the newly formed Indian National Association for Study of Liver and Current Perspective in Liver Disease constituted by the leading gastroenterologists of the country. The association will also disseminate information to the regional hospitals and help the health centres located in remote areas of the country get the medicine supply.

Talking about lack of awareness about the deadly disease, the experts said that Hepatitis was 28 times more dangerous than AIDS due to the absence of symptoms, even as the disease spreads gradually in the patient.

Four lakh people die due to liver diseases, a result of hepatitis, in India every year. The states most affected by the disease are Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh among few others, they said.

75% of the hepatitis, may it be B or C, is curable at the initial stage. However, as the symptoms are not felt, the person gets to know about it only when the virus causes liver cancer.

Through the registry, the hot spots of Hepatitis across the country can be brought into lime light and accordingly medical healthcare in those areas can be improved, precisely the treatment for liver diseases.


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