'Prevent spread of Hepatitis C in South Kashmir'

Greater Kashmir

HC issues notices to Union Health Ministry, State Govt

Srinagar, Mar 20: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Union Health Ministry and the state government directing them to take immediate necessary steps to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C in South Kashmir.
 A division bench comprising Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey passed the orders on a Public Interest Litigation by Syed Aijaz Ahmad Qadri   seeking directions for circumscribing the Hepatitis in village Takya Magam of Kokernag Tehsil in District Islamabad (Anantnag)
 The court directed the respondents to provide free treatment and medication to those affected by the disease in the village. The court also directed the state government to take effective measures to prevent the spread of disease in the adjoining areas of Magam and other  parts of Valley.
 Nearly 300 persons had tested positive for Hepatitis C virus in Takiya Magam village of South Kashmir in January this year.
 The Health experts had said the scenario was extremely alarming and an epidemic of very high magnitude. According to them, the suspected source of the outbreak was the unhygienic and unprofessional chemists and diagnostics centers operating in the areas which led to high incidence of the virus.
 The Court while hearing the petition observed that the matter was of urgent nature and in keeping with the gravity of the it the petition was disposed of with the direction to the respondents to take prompt measures to control the disease.
 Additional Advocate General, J A Kawoosa, represented the state and Asstt Solicitor General,  S A Makroo represented Union Government in the case.