India set to launch National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, WHO Country Office for India is organizing a consultation to commemorate the World Hepatitis Day at New Delhi on 28 July 2018.

The World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts for raising awareness as well as encouraging prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030. The global theme this year is ‘Test. Treat Hepatitis’.

On the occasion, Mr J. P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, will launch the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program. To mark the day, a commemorative stamp will be released by Mr Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Ministry of Communications and Minister of State, Ministry of Railways.

Also present on the occasion will be Mr Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, MoHFW; Ms Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, MoHFW; Ms M. C. Mary Kom, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; Ms Preeti Sudan, Secretary, MoHFW; Dr S. Venkatesh, Director General of Health Services; Mr Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director – National Health Mission, MoHFW; Mr Vikas Sheel, Joint Secretary, MoHFW. In addition, about 200 guests, including senior government officials, development partners, UN agencies, civil society, community representatives, state government officials, private sector, research institutes and members of the press will also be present on the occasion. It is also expected to release key guidance documents for the new program to be launched.

Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades. Timely testing and treatment can save lives.

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