Manipur targets to eliminate Hepatitis by 2030: Health minister


Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January, 23, 2020: Manipur health minister L. Jayantakumar Singh on Thursday informed that the state government sets its objective to eliminate Hepatitis disease by the year 2030.

The minister was a dressing at the Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination held at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), here.

National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme was launched in 2018 by the ministry of health and family wellfare, government of India with the objective to provide free screening, testing, diagnosis and treatment of all varieties of Hepatitis.

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There are two centres in the state at present to avail the mentioned facilities, one at RIMS (Regional Institute of Medicsl Sciences) and another at JNIMS. The government has also inaugurated treatment centres and testing laboratories for Hepatitis in another seven districts i.eThoubal, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Senapati. Free testing and diagnosis has already been started in these seven districts also. The main objective is to eradicate this deadly disease from our soil, he added.

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He said only an united effort can defeat this horrible threat. To fulfill this objective coordination amongst the different layers of staff and social organisations is necessary, the minister said.

In connection to the report of the death of three persons at Kamjong area of Ukhrul district, Jayantakumar said expert medical team has been sent to the affected site for investigation and preparation of a detailed report for taking further necessary action. He has also spoken to the Union minister of health, he added.

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The occasion of Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination was jointly organised by Airport Authority of India, National Health Mission, Manipur, Authority of JNIMS and ILPS, India.

Director JNIMS, Dr. Th. Bhimo Singh, medical superintendent, Dr.Jitendra Singh, director, Airport Authority of India, Imphal among others attended the programme


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