Imphal: In a move to combat and control the hepatitis virus, Manipur is all set to enroll itself under the National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme (NVHCP) of the National Health Mission (NHM) on Sunday. The programme will enable to provide free medicines and drugs to those who are suffering from Hepatitis C.
The announcement was made on Saturday ahead of World Hepatitis Day on Sunday, under the theme ‘Invest in eliminating Hepatitis’, organised by Gastroenterology Section, Department of Medical, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in collaboration with Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) at JNIMS auditorium.
“National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme (NVHCP) was launched last year and under which free drugs are given to patients suffering from Hepatitis C. Similarly, in Manipur, we will enroll under the programme from tomorrow [Sunday] and patients will start getting the benefits from then on,” said Dr N Surajkumar, assistant professor, JNIMS.
According to Dr Surajkumar, patients suffering from Hepatitis A and E need to drink enough boiled water as well as intake hygienic food, whereas for Hepatitis B patients, one should get tested and vaccinated accordingly.
Meanwhile, for Hepatitis C, one should avail of the free medication services provided by the state. “If we do this, it will help in eliminating hepatitis by 2030,” he added.
According to reports, 5 out of every 100 individuals globally are suffering from hepatitis B and C, which is a chronic liver disease. The death toll from the chronic disease stands at 14 lakh annually worldwide — which is far worse than the lives lost due to HIV/AIDS, reports said.
Stressing on the importance of staying healthy and content, education minister Th Radheshyam Kumar, who attended the event as the chief guest, urged the people to live well while they still can.
Moreover, with an aim to spread awareness on eliminating the hepatitis virus, a motor cycle rally was also flagged off by JNIMS director Th Bhimo Singh at City Convention Centre in Imphal. Over 60 riders from various riders’ clubs, including Royal Motors and Motor Corps, participated at the rally while spreading awareness across Imphal.