HCV infection has become a major public health concern in the state of Manipur, particularly among people who inject drugs, said Dr. N. Vijaylakshmi Brara, Reader, Centre for Manipur Studies, Manipur University, in her key note speech at the inaugural session of the one day workshop on viral Hepatitis C: an emerging public health & social problem organized by Centre for Manipur Studies (CMS), Manipur University (MU) & Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) at Anthropology Dept. Conference Hall MU.
Quoting source from WHO – Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with Hepatitis C infection/201, Dr. Vijaylakshmi said that Viral Hepatitis C (HCV), also known to be the “silent killer” has become one of the biggest public health threat with an estimated 185 million people infected globally, and an estimated 350,000 deaths each year due to hepatitis C–related liver disease.
Prof. H NK Sarma, Vice Chancellor, Manipur University who grace the inaugural session as Chief Guest had addressed an optimistic note to control and prevent the spreading of the disease. He highlighted the various routes of transmission and he is of the opinion that moral education along with the parental socialization will help to prevent the disease from assuming epidemic proportions.
Prof. M. Dhaneswar, Dean School of Physical and Natural Sciences, Manipur University who preside over the function said that the issue of stigmatization arising out of it by equipping the people with the right information, and that one should have a healthy life style and proper food habits alongside with avoiding any of the associated risk behavior so as to stay away from the villages.
The technical sessions were moderated by Prof: N. Joykumar Singh, Former Director, CMS, MU and Dr.Kh. Lokeshwar Singh, Associate Prof., Dept. of Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, GoM.