NEW DELHI : The Delhi government has made four crucial drugs for treating Hepatitis C free of cost in all its dispensaries and hospitals, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on December 4, 2018.
Speaking at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in New Delhi on the occasion of the 21st Hepatitis Day, Mr Jain underlined the Delhi government’s commitment to fighting the hepatitis infection.
The minister said that the Delhi government would cooperate with health institutions like ILBS to promote the health and well being of the people of Delhi.
Director ILBS Dr SK Sarin reemphasized that only children can make a difference in the understanding of hepatitis B. He expressed regret saying children get hepatitis from their mothers for no fault of theirs.
Dr Sarin said, "Each people should be aware and take a pledge to get every new-born child vaccinated. And I request the Delhi government to make the disease a notifiable illness."
Six times gold medalist boxer M C Mary Kom also attended the event and was applauded by the entire audience for her inspirational story and her fight to win against all odds. The Olympian shared her struggles with the audience and pledged to give support to the fight against hepatitis.
She also launched two new websites of ILBS with the goal to spread awareness about Hepatitis B & C across the country and create an enabling environment for individuals with hepatitis and their families in India for social participation and care seeking.