Awareness on Hepatitis needed: Ranjan

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Imphal: There is need to spread awareness about Hepatitis disease and its infection, health and IPR minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh said during the observance of World Hepatitis Day at the auditorium of JNIMS, Imphal East, on Tuesday.

Majority of the people does not have the idea of the infectiousness and effects  of the disease. ‘Bringing Care Closer to you-Hepatitis Can’t Wait’, is the theme of this year’s observation. A cohesive effort is required for carrying out a successful campaign on Hepatitis, Ranjan said.

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Primary health care system needs to be focused. Without strengthening primary health care, tertiary health care system will hardly be able to be improved. The government is trying to improve overall health care system in the state. All the sections under medical department need to join hands and work with dedication for bringing a change in this sector, he said.

The War on Drugs campaign will definitely help to bring a solution to the menace of drug abuse in the state, he added.

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Speaking at the occasion as resource person, medical superintendent, JNIMS Dr Kh. Lokeshwor informed that Hepatitis can be transmitted through contaminated blood, mother to new born child, sharing of infected needles, unsafe sex etc.

“Hepatitis B vaccine is available under UIP. For treatment of Hepatitis A and E supportive care and Symptomatic management system may be taken. For B and C, there is treatment available at free of cost at RIMS, JNIMS and in all the designated health facilities in the 16 districts,” he added.

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