On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day 2021, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched Model Hepatitis B Treatment Centres at two hospitals in Manipur.
The Model Hepatitis B Treatment Centres are opened at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science (JNIMS) and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). The centres were launched during the function held today at CM Secretariat on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day 2021 under the theme- Hepatitis Can’t Wait.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that treatment of Hepatitis B and its medicines would be made available free of cost at the Model Treatment Centres launched today. The opening of treatment centres would be helpful in controlling the infectious diseases in the State to a large extent.
Stressing on the status of National Viral Hepatitis Control Program (NVHCP) in the State, the Chief Minister informed that 29,414 people had been screened for Hepatitis B and 35,036 for Hepatitis C so far. Of the total screened, 1,519 were found positive and 1,225 are undergoing treatment. 861 had undergone complete treatment.
Mr Singh also distributed 10 Portable X-Ray machines and 20 Multipara Monitors consisting of one Portable X-ray machine and two Multipara Monitors each to the District Hospitals of different districts of the State.
World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28th July every year, the birth anniversary of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr. Baruch Blumberg who developed a vaccine for Hepatitis B virus, across the world to raise global awareness of the global burden of Viral Hepatitis.