State lacks proper awareness programs for Hepatitis-B, C

Treatment Not Available In Govt Hospitals

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, July 27: While the patients of fatal disease, Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C are on the rise world over including the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the state health department is yet come up with effective awareness programmes to make the people aware regarding the disease.
Although, as a precautionary m measure, the vaccination against Hepatitis is given to the children under child immunization programme, but if the disease is detected at later stages the treatment in the government hospitals of the state is also not available due to its high cost. The infected patients will have to move to other hospitals outside the state. As per public health experts every patient needs close monitoring during the treatment and the cost may go upto Rs 2 lakh.
Even more surprisingly, neither the health department nor the Medical Education department has the exact number of patients infected with the fatal disease, Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C.
Officials in the health department wishing anonymity told Greater Kashmir that the figure is not alarming and it is almost similar to the national average which is 2% to 3%. “At present, there is no special awareness programme regarding awareness of the disease but we do aware the people in all the district hospitals from time to time”
It may be mentioned that just some back, hundreds of people affected with Hepatitis-C disease in Kokernag area of South Kashmir were left untreated as state government and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) authorities failed to provide required funds for their treatment despite passing of five months from the detection of disease. In Takiya Magam, around 750 people were tested positive for Hepatitis-C virus.
The disease is mainly caused through transfusion of infected blood. Apart from this, there could be many reasons which may cause the disease including the use of contaminated needles, injections, unsafe sex, unsafe dental extractions and quacks. Experts said that lack of proper investigation of the donor before transfusion of blood also causes the disease.
Experts said that the disease although, is not  communicable but the paramedics treating such patients and coming in contact with them also need timely and proper vaccination. “Which is not strictly adhered to in the health institutions”, they said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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