National Viral Hepatitis Control Program Launched on 29th July to Mark World Hepatitis Day (Download PDF)

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Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched National Viral Hepatitis Control Program to eradicate viral hepatitis by 2030 on 29th July, 2018. Program was launched to mark World Hepatitis Day 2018.

Image of World Hepatitis Day

Image of World Hepatitis Day

Image of World Hepatitis Day

On same occasion, Operational Guidelines were released for:

  • National Viral Hepatitis Control ProgramNational Laboratory Guidelines for Viral Hepatitis Testing

  • National Guidelines for Diagnosis & Management of Viral Hepatitis.

Highlights of National Viral Hepatitis Control Program

  • National Viral Control Program aims to control viral hepatitis in country, thus, thereby reducing mortality & morbidity attributed to it.

  • Key strategies of program include preventive interventions w/focus on awareness generation, safe injection practices & socio-cultural practices.

  • It will focus on ensuring sanitation & hygiene, safe drinking water supply, infection control & immunization.

  • It aims to increase access to testing & management of viral hepatitis; promote diagnosis & provide treatment support for patients of hepatitis B &C thru standardized testing & management protocols w/focus on treatment of hepatitis B & C.

  • It aims to build capacities at national, state, district levels & sub-district level up to Primary Health Centers (PHC) & health & wellness centers to scale up program to lowest level of healthcare facility in phased manner.

  • It involves co-ordination & collaboration w/diff. Ministries & departments.

Image of blood - borne hepatitis B and C

Image of Blood - Borne Hepatitis B and C

Image of blood - borne hepatitis B and C

Viral Hepatitis

  • Viral hepatitis B & C are major health challenges & are root causes of liver cancer.

  • Viral hepatitis causes debilitating diseases & places huge economic burden on families.

  • Disease has become major killer due to lack of global attention.

  • Over past 15 years, more & more people are dying of viral hepatitis.

  • Hepatitis attacks most vulnerable.

  • Timely testing & treatment of viral hepatitis B & C can save lives.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 30, 2018

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