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Govt working on a National Action Plan to eliminate viral hepatitis C: health minister Nadda

Around 6-12 million people are living with hepatitis C in India, and close to 35,000 succumb to the infection each year.

health Updated: Jul 28, 2017 21:22 IST
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India has close to 50 million people living with viral hepatitis B & C.(PIB)

Union health ministry is working on the National Action Plan for Hepatitis C that shall be completed by December this year, and expected to be rolled out by next year.

Health minister JP Nadda made the announcement during a national technical consultation on viral hepatitis at New Delhi’s Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) on World Hepatitis Day on Friday.

Viral hepatitis are mainly of four types-- water and food borne A & E, and blood-borne B & C, and like HIV/AIDS, blood-borne viral hepatitis has stigma attached to it.

“Government is committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination on the basis of a patient suffering from hepatitis. It will be part of the action plan,” said Nadda.

ILBS was formally inaugurated as a World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborating centre for viral hepatitis and liver diseases in 2015. The theme of this year’s workshop was ‘Framework of National Program on Viral Hepatitis in India.’

According to rough estimates, 6-12 million suffer from hepatitis C in India, and close to 35,000 people succumb to the infection each year.

“We will come up with a comprehensive plan in a couple of months, and we expect to provide treatment to about 60 lakh people even in remotest of areas of the country,” said Dr SK Sarin, director- ILBS.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 21:22 IST