National Programme for Control of Viral Hepatitis: Free Treatment for Hepatitis C (Download PDF)

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The health ministry is set to roll out a National Programme for Control of Viral Hepatitis from the 2018 - 19 with a budget of Rs. 600 crore for the next three years. The focus will be on anti-viral treatment of Hepatitis C, which will be provided free at all government health set-ups.

Map of Free Treatment for Hepatitis C

Map of Free Treatment for Hepatitis C

Map of Free Treatment for Hepatitis C

How Will the Government Work on this Scheme?

  • Health Ministry will screening vulnerable groups, including drug users and people who underwent surgeries and blood transfusion before 2002.

  • Taking lead from similar programmes in Punjab and Haryana, informal talks with Indian companies that manufacture Sofosbuvir are taking place to negotiate the price for a national programme.

What is Sofosbuvir?

  • Sofosbuvir is recommended drug under the new WHO treatment guidelines for Hepatitis C.

Key Facts about Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is infectious disease caused by blood-borne hepatitis C virus (HCV) that primarily affects the liver.

  • Hepatitis C could spread through use of injectable drugs, unsafe injection practices, unsafe health care, and transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products.

  • Hepatitis C is not sexually transmitted like Hepatitis B.

  • Significant number of people infected with Hepatitis C develop cirrhosis of liver or liver cancer. An anti-viral treatment for Hepatitis C will cost $63, 000- $94, 000 for the full course in the US and Europe.

  • There is no known vaccine for Hepatitis C.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 13, 2018

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