Imphal, Jan. 23
Health Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh has informed that the government sets its objective to eliminate Hepatitis Disease by the year 2030. Speaking at the Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination held at the conference hall of JNIMS today Minister Jayantakumar Singh said that National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India with the objective to provide free screening, testing, diagnosis and treatment of all varieties of Hepatitis.
Minister also maintained that there are two centres in the state at present to avail the mentioned facilities, one at RIMS and another at JNIMS. The government has also inaugurated treatment centres and testing laboratories for Hepatitis in another seven districts i.eThoubal, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Senapati. Free testing and diagnosis has already been started in these seven districts also, he added.
Minister said that the main objective is to eradicate this deadly disease from our soil. He said that only an united effort can defeat this horrible threat. To fulfil this objective coordination amongst the different layers of staff and social organisations is necessary. He also lauded the efforts put by the Airport Authority of India, National Health Mission, Manipur, Authority of JNIMS and ILPS, India.
Taking a note on the report of death of three persons at Kamjong area of Ukhrul District, Minister Jayantakumar said that expert medical team has been sent to the affected site for investigation and preparation of a detailed report for taking further necessary action. Minister has also spoken to the Minister of health, Government of India, he added.
The occasion of Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination was jointly organised by Airport Authority of India, National Health Mission, Manipur, Authority of JNIMS and ILPS, India.
Director JNIMS, Dr. Th. Bhimo Singh, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Director, Airport Authority of India, Imphal and others also attended the programme